Another First for Mysuru, Tactile Maps at Railway Station

  • From being the country’s cleanest city, Mysuru has taken yet another step to be on top of things. This time, the city’s railway station will soon be the first to become visually-impaired friendly.
  • Navigation maps in Braille will be put up at sensitive locations on the railway station premises, indicating the distance to toilets, platforms, staircases and washrooms. Even menu cards at the canteen will be in Braille. These facilities, an official said, are aimed at seamlessly integrating with the Braille-embedded signage already available in the coaches.
  • A private company sponsoring the project is taking suggestions from representatives of a visually challenged association to implement the facility. The sponsor is considering a proposal to engage non-governmental organisations and volunteers to help the visually challenged, the official said.
  • These facilities for the visually challenged at the railway station, an official said, are aimed at seamlessly integrating with the Braille-embedded signage being made available in the coaches.
  • With non-AC conventional coaches manufactured after 2013 coming with Braille-embedded metal signage on berths, toilets, washroom and doors, the introduction of tactile maps of the railway station’s layout will help make the station accessible to the blind, the official added.
  • While the Braille signage in coaches were announced in the 2013-14 Railway Budget, no railway station has made available tactile maps on the platform, the official added.

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