In a bid to provide greater safety and convenience to its customers, the Indian Railways is coming out with two new facilities for its stations and trains.
The first is a BoC (battery operated car) service named ‘Sarathi Seva’, which will make it much easier for disabled and elderly persons to move around the stations.
The service will be available in 75 major stations across the country at a nominal fee. It will operate on a first come first serve basis, but advance online booking will also be possible.
The facility has already undergone a successful trial run on the Konkan Railway line.
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Further, IRCTC is working on a mobile application that will allow pre-booking of porters, wheelchairs, etc. The app is nearing completion and is set to be released soon. Currently, this facility can be availed through a phone call or through the IRCTC website.
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The second new feature is the TRI NETRA (Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers – Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted) accident prevention device.
Currently, the train driver has only his eyes to inform him of any impending dangers. This is a major drawback, especially during times of limited visibility. In such cases, TRI NETRA can be a lifesaver.
The device uses infrared and radar technology to collect signals up to a distance of 2-3 km, and then displays the information on a screen fitted inside the locomotive. This will give ample time for the driver to apply the brakes.
As of now, the device will be procured from countries such as Japan, France, etc., but efforts are underway to implement an indigenously developed system (Train Collision Avoidance System- TCAS) too. Moreover, TCAS has already been tested on the 250 km Secunderabad railway line and has returned positive results.
The pilot project will see 100 trains fitted with this innovative facility, after which other trains will follow suit.
Indeed, a train-accident free future may be just around the corner!