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India’s First Blind Friendly Train

India’s First fully reserved coaches with blind friendly signal boards introduced on Mysuru – Varanasi Express train.

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Blind Friendly Train : Mysuru-Varanasi Express

All the bogies of the Train no. 16229 / 16230 Mysuru – Varanasi Express which leaves Mysuru for Varanasi on Tuesdays and Thursdays, has been provided with metallic Braille signages inside the coaches indicating the location of alarm pull chains, toilets, emergency windows and berth numbers for the convince of the Blind peoples.

This new initiative was financed by Pratap Simha, Mysuru Member of Parliament (MP), from the MPLAD Fund. Mr. Simha inaugurated and inaugurated by him on Monday. He also financed Mysore Railway station blind friendly initiative happens on last November 2015 also.

As per announcement railways plan to implement this feature for other long distance trains departures from Mysore as well.

This moment was done because currently lots of Blind peoples can’t able to find their reservation seats properly and their needy places available on the train. Also by implementing blind friendly baord for the Emergency Exit plan to guide the Blind persons for the correct location of the Emergency window when there is any emergency occur. The common practices seen on daily trains are General peoples are guide Blind people wrongly because rush of train. Hope this will change the matter too.

Though the Puri-Delhi Purushottam Express was the first train in the country to have a Braille-embedded coach, the Mysuru-Varanasi Express will be the first in the country where all reserved coaches have embedded Braille signage, said Rajkumar Lal, Divisional Railway Manager, Mysuru Division, South Western Railway.

Braille signage has been introduced on one rake of the express and it will soon be introduced in the second rake as well.

The Chamundi Express and the Mysuru-Talguppa Express  are the other two trains that will be provided with Braille displays after this, Mr. Lal said. “The plan is to extend the facility to all reserved coaches of long-distance trains in a phased manner,” he added. Braille signage indicating the coach number is next on the agenda.