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Mysuru Railway Station becomes the first blind-friendly Railway Station in India

Mysuru Railway Station (Karnataka, India) became the first blind-friendly Railway Station in India. Tactile maps of the railway station and train schedules in Braille were unveiled on the occasion of inauguration.

Mysore - Mysuru Railway Station - Visuall Impaired - Blind Friendly

Mysuru Railway Station (Karnataka, India) became the first blind-friendly Railway Station in India after Mysuru’s Member of Parliament Pratap Simha inaugurated the visually impaired – friendly facilities at Mysuru Railway Station on November 3, 2015. At the same time, tactile maps of the railway station and train schedules in Braille were unveiled on the occasion of inauguration.

Along with tactile maps of station describing the location and distance of entrance, platforms, counters, washrooms etc, schedule of trains, showing their arrival and departure time, the authorities have also put up 400 metal signages in Braille along the railings of the staircases leading to various platforms.

Anuprayaas, a Non – Governmental Organisation assisted the railways in making Mysuru railway station blind-friendly. The Railway Budget 2015-16 stated that 200 more stations will be constructed under Adarsh Station scheme which will include facility of WiFi at B stations, facility of self-operated lockers to be made available at stations, provision of concierge services through IRCTC at major stations, online booking of wheel chair on payment basis for senior citizens, patients and the differently-abled passengers through IRCTC on selected stations. It also included that initiative will be taken to promote products made by Self Help Groups, consisting mainly of women and youth on the model of Konkan Railway.

Mysore railway station is located in Indian state Karnataka. Mysuru railway station comes under South Western Railway Zone. It was opened in 1870s. The Mysore Railway Station is also home to a ‘Model Railroad Layout’, which is housed in the heritage gallery and is the first of its kind in India.