Mumbai's busy Borivali station has become "blind-friendly" with the installation of Braille-embossed railings and other facilities for visually-impaired people, a Western Railway (WR) official said today.
The aim is to make the railway station more accessible to people irrespective of their disabilities, WR's Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar said.
Braille is a tactile writing system used by visually-impaired people.
Why was Borivali station selected for this initiative?
The Western Railway, in association with an NGO and a travel company's philanthropic arm, has installed Braille-embossed railings on foot-over bridges, entry and exit points, and in subways at the station, the PRO said.
Borivali station has been strategically selected for the project as it is used by both outstation passengers as well as local commuters in Mumbai, Bhakar pointed out.
Andheri station will also be made blind-friendly in near future
"The railway staff will be trained to reach out to the passengers so that the facility is used optimally. The project is a step towards creating an easy, dignified, and a seamless travel environment," Bhakar said.
The busy Andheri station in the Western Suburbs will also be made blind-friendly in near future and subsequently more stations will be taken up under the initiative.