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Southern Railway introduces Braille Navigation maps for visually impaired travellers

Southern Railways has made it easy for visually impaired travellers as the department is making railway stations visually-impaired friendly stations.

On Monday, the railway department introduced Braille navigation maps at Chennai and Egmore stations.

These maps were fitted at the entrance of the two railway stations measuring 3×3 ft. 

With the help of the map, they can access ticket counters, toilets, concourse areas, drinking water taps, waiting rooms and cloakrooms. They can also access the foot-over bridge with the help of a Braille map.

A statement from the railway station said that a QR code is also provided on the braille maps where one scanned via a mobile device can activate audio messages.

These audio messages will further help the passengers to reach where they want to go at the railway station.

 “The installation of Braille boards in Chennai and Egmore railways stations is a welcome step by the Railways. The visually impaired will now be able to navigate through the station to reach the platforms where they are headed as well as get directions to reach toilets or to places they intend to travel within the station. A great initiative by the Southern Railway.” Said Dr Ramani P. Mathai, who works with the visually impaired at the railway station.

Earlier, the railways had laid checkered tiles at the edge of platforms to make travelling safer and secure for visually impaired passengers. Also, there are stainless steel handrails in the FOBs for easy movement of blind passengers.

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