Purushottam Express will get first Braille signage coach in India
Purushottam Express (Train Number 12801/12802) will become the first train in India to be attached with a Braille-embedded AC coach for visually challenged passengers by the end of February 2014. Purushottam Express is a super-fast train running between Delhi and Puri.
- Purushottam Express (Train Number 12801 UP/12802 DOWN)is a daily train which runs between Puri in Odisha and New Delhi
About the first Braille signage coach in India
- Manufactured at Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai with the inputs received from Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow and in consultation with blind associations.
- Costs about Rs. 40,000 to make a coach visually-challenged friendly as Braille printing are superimposed on the stickers which can be used by both a person with normal vision as well as a visually impaired person.
- The AC coach is equipped with Braille-embedded signages on berths, toilets, wash basins and doors as well.
Presently, coaches are provided with signages, instructions, seat numbers, etc that are mostly in the form of vinyl stickers or metallic plates and have no Braille characters and cannot be read by visually-impaired passengers.
Note: It was declared in the Rail Budget of 2013-14 that Braille stickers will be introduced for visually-challenged passengers.
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