January 14, 2019
The Central Railways has come out with an innovative idea of installing visual reflectors to ensure the safety of passengers travelling on local trains, reported news agency ANI.
The facility, which has been started especially for Mumbaikars travelling on locals, will serve as a warning for passengers and guide them to not board a running train at the last moment.
The blue light visual indicator has been installed just above the entrance of the EMU coaches.
Passengers will be warned with a flashing light to refrain from boarding the train as soon as it starts moving and also draws a boundary on the platform to denote the minimum clearance level for commuters to avoid accidents while the train is in motion.
Though over-boarding on Mumbai locals is a rampant problem, the new feature is expected to act as a psychological barrier for passengers who board the locals even as they are on the move.
It is not yet known whether feature will be extended to other cities as of now. The work of installing the blue light indicator was completed in Kurla car-shed under the guidance of DK Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway.
While the project has been started on a pilot basis, the visual light indicator will be installed on more coaches and rakes of Mumbai suburban locals.
The feature will come in handy for Mumbai local commuters as more than 406 people died after falling off from overcrowded trains while 871 people suffered severe injuries between January and July 2018.