Keeping in mind the complexity of intracity rail routes in Mumbai, two first-year students of Masters in Visual Communication programme, Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT-Bombay, Jaikishan Patel and Snehal Patil, have designed and developed an easy to comprehend yet commuter-friendly color-coded railway map for the travelers.
The map includes connecting routes that link western, central, harbor and trans-harbour train stations.The developers also attempts to incorporate the route map of the metro line under construction and Nerul-Uran railway link in the map.
Revealing about the special features of this highly productive online railway map, Patil said that the map introduces a quick navigation system, which lets the user locate his stations within seconds using the box grid. The newly designed map also includes the shuttle express way which runs from Vasai to Roha, said Patil.
Visually appealing yet colorful, this map is designed in a manner to cater to even the requirement of the people suffering from color blindness. According to statistics, approximately 13,956 people from different regions in India, suffer from colour-blindness, therefore, we have tested the map for the same and made changes accordingly, said Patel.
These bright IIT-Bombay students have also designed an A4 size of the map which users can fold into a 5cmx7cm leaflet and carry along easily in their wallet or purse. The map is currently available in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati version. The maps can be downloaded from the link http://mrane.com/railmap.php