CR tries blue light ex­per­i­ment to stop board­ing of run­ning trains

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Man­thanK.Me­hta @times­

Mum­bai: Cen­tral Rail­way has come up with a so­lu­tion to stop peo­ple from board­ing or alight­ing run­ning trains. It has in­stalled an in­di­ca­tor—a blue light—atop a coach on pi­lot ba­sis. The light is an in­di­ca­tor to peo­ple to not board the train.

Rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal had last month asked rail­way of­fi­cials to come up with in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to pre­vent deaths on tracks. Apart from fenc­ing cor­ri­dors, he had asked the rail­ways to con­sider vestibule type coaches in nonAC rakes to in­crease ca­pac­ity.

CR’s chief pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Su­nil Udasi said, “We have come up with an in­no­va­tion, and based on trial runs, a de­ci­sion on im­ple­men­ta­tion will be taken. If im­ple­mented, it will act as an in­di­ca­tor for cit­i­zens to not risk their lives.”

“In Metro and AC rakes , the train de­parts only af­ter doors closes. For non-AC rakes, we want to in­stall blue in­di­ca­tors,” he said. The in­di­ca­tor glows over the en­trance area when the train starts and in­di­cates that it is un­safe to board a train and to cross a bound­ary line on the plat­form.

Udasi added, “This de­vice will def­i­nitely act as a psy­cho­log­i­cal bar­rier for com­muters who board or alight from run­ning trains.” The blue light was in­stalled at the Kurla carshed.

“CR will mon­i­tor the per­for­mance of the in­di­ca­tor and based on the out­come and the com­muter feed­back, a de­ci­sion would be taken if it can be in­stalled on more coaches. CR has in the past raised the height of plat­forms and also makes con­tin­u­ous an­nounce­ments on plat­forms and in trains, ask­ing peo­ple to not board or alight from run­ning trains.


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