CR tries blue light experiment to stop boarding of running trains
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.
WILL IT WORK?