Purushottam Express 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 superfast train running between Delhi and Puri.
In a first of its kind, the Railways manufactured an AC three-tier coach with Braille signages as part of its social commitment to make trains and stations more-friendly towards specially-abled passengers.
The first coach with Braille signages has been manufactured at Integrated Coach Factory in Chennai with the inputs received from Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow and in consultation with blind associations.
The coach costs about 40000 Rupees 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.
Expected to be a major step for facilitation of visually-impaired passengers during journey in trains, Railways plans to equip more AC and non-AC coaches with Braille-embedded signages.
It was announced in the Rail Budget of 2013-14 that Braille stickers will be introduced for visually-challenged passengers.