Tactile Paving For Visually Impaired

If you have traveled in Delhi Metro, you must have noticed a yellow pavement with raised oblong lines (see the image below) at the Metro station. The last time when I was at the Metro Station, I heard an announcement asking people to stay away from the central yellow line. That made me wonder if there is more to it than meets the eye. I did some research on the net and what I found is quite interesting!

This yellow pavement is called Tactile Paving or Guiding Tiles and are used at stations, airports, sidewalks etc. to guide or warn the visually impaired pedestrians. The one that you see in the picture above serves as a pathway for the blind and disabled people. They are located midway on the platform, and lead directly to the lift, and then to the exit.

There are two types of patterns used in these blocks- the oblong raised pattern indicate places, and in what direction, it is safe to walk confidently. The “warning” blocks with the round raised dots indicate edges, corners or other places where greater care or caution is required. So, these tactile cues help everyone stay clear of train platform edges, crosswalk dropoffs, and other related hazzards.

The original tactile paving was developed by Seiichi Miyake in 1965. The paving was first introduced in a street in Okayama city, Japan, in 1967. Its use gradually spread in Japan and then around the world and has now become a standard. The color is chosen in a way that it contrasts visually with adjacent walking surfaces, either light-on-dark, or dark-on-light.

Here is an example from the internet which shows both the “safe” and the “warning” tactile paving together.

So, next time when you see a tactile paving, stay away from it so that visually impaired people can use it.

Source: Knowledge Hub

Indian Railway introduces new Tatkal rules

Thursday July 12th, 2012 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

The Indian Railway has introduced several measures to ensure Tatkal train tickets reach the common man. Booking counters will now open at 10 am instead of 8 am, the day before the journey from the originating station.

The Indian Railway has introduced several measures to ensure Tatkal train tickets reach the common man. Booking counters will now open at 10 am instead of 8 am, the day before the journey from the originating station.

“No normal ticket will be issued during this time unless there is no passenger for the Tatkal tickets,” an Eastern Railway release said.

ER spokesperson Samir Goswami said Tatkal tickets cannot be booked on internet reservation system during the special time of 10-10.30 am for next day trains.

All travel agents including those of IRCTC will not be allowed to book Tatkal tickets between 10 am to 12 noon from counters as well as on the Internet. There will be separate queues and counters for Tatkal buyers.

CCTVs are being installed at booking centres as well. One will have to carry self attested identity proofs for buying a Tatkal ticket.

The Tatkal revamp comes after the IBN network exposed how touts were cornering these tickets.


Online Tatkal booking made easier:

The Indian Railway has also put in place measures to make online Tatkal bookings easier. High capacity database servers have been installed. The Internet bandwidth has been increased from 344 mbps to 450 mbps.

Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day on the internet only after 12 noon. Individual users can now book only two tickets between 10 am and 12 noon

An IT-Anti Fraud Squad has been created. A complaint cell has also been set up. One can email or call these numbers: agentcomplaint@irctc.co.in (011-23745962) or care@irctc.co.in (011-39340000).

(With additional information from PTI)

Source: moneycontrol.com 

Now, book railway tickets 4 months in advance

Friday February 10th, 2012 in India, Railways, Roads / Routes, Travel News | 1 Comment »

NEW DELHI: The railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period from the current 90 days to 120 days from March 10.

“It has been decided to increase the advance reservat-ion period from 90 days to 120 days on experimental basis,” the commercial department’s circular said. The railways claimed the move will help passengers plan their jour-neys better. Thecentre for railway information system (CRIS) will make necessary changes in the software for this purpose.

However, there will be no change in case of certain short-distance trains like Taj Express and Gomti Express, the advance reservation period for whom is 15 days and it will remain unchanged. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists. Railways had earlier reduced the Tatkal booking period from 48 hours to 24 hours to prevent misuse of the facility.

Source: Times of India

ID proof to be a must for AC rail travel from February

Thursday January 19th, 2012 in India, Railways, Travel News | Be the first to Comment »

NEW DELHI: Aiming to check misuse of rail tickets, the railways has made it mandatory for all passengers travelling in AC classes to carry an identity proof with them during the journey. The decision will be implemented in all trains across the country from February 15, according to a circular issued by the Railway Board.

As of now, only passengers travelling on Tatkal tickets and e-tickets have to carry original identity proof during the journey. If more than one passenger is travelling on one ticket, any one passenger in a group is required to carry the original ID proof.

“The move is aimed to prevent cases of travelling on transferred tickets,” a railway official said, adding that this will check black marketing of rail tickets. Those failing to produce original ID proof will be treated as travelling without ticket and will be charged accordingly, the official said.

The acceptable ID proofs include voter ID issued by Election Commission, PAN card, passport, driving license, Photo ID card having serial number issued by central/state government, nationalized bank passbook with photo, credit card issued by banks with laminated photos, student ID card with photo or Aadhaar card, the official said.

The decision comes in the backdrop of railways finding increasing cases of misuse of tickets like transfer of tickets, black marketing and involvement of touts. During 2010-11, 63,854 such cases were detected and 2,480 people were apprehended. In 2008-09, 20,240 cases of ticket transfer were reported and 2,521 were apprehended, an official said.

Zonal railways have been instructed to publicize the decision to prevent any inconvenience to the public. Also, necessary instructions have been issued to all officials concerned, particularly ticket checking staff. The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has been asked to make necessary changes in the software so as to incorporate the message in rail tickets for the benefit of passengers.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

Train schedules hit by Jat stir

JAIPUR: Schedules of at least 10 trains en route to various stations in the state were affected due to the blockade by agitating members of the Jat community on the Rajasthan-Haryana border on Monday.

The agitators were demanding reservation in government jobs in Haryana under the Other Backward Class quota.

Nearly 300-500 agitators blocked the rail tracks outside Alwar between Ajarka and Bawal stations in the afternoon.

The sudden blockade left hundreds of passengers stranded in the city. Railway authorities informed of prolonged delay in arrival of many trains.

“I was just informed that I have to board my train at Phulera. I have no clue how I will reach Phulera in time,” said Purshottam Sharma, a Baroda-bound passenger.

Half of the affected trains were diverted via Ringas and Narnaul to Jaipur.

Considering the gravity of situation, the North Western Railway (NWR) has cancelled 10 trains scheduled for Tuesday, mostly from Jaipur to various destinations in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi till the next orders are issued, NWR spokesperson Lalit Bohra said.

The cancelled trains include Haridwar-Ajmer, Jaipur-Hissar, Jaipur-Chandigarh, Sriganganagar-NewDelhi and Bareilly-New Bhuj among others.

“Route of 19 trains were diverted via Ringas and Narnaul to Delhi,” added Bohra. The NWR is monitoring the situation. It has decided that if the situation continues for long, special counters will be opened for passengers to collect their refunds.

An advisory has been issued saying passengers should call the railway inquiry number before leaving for their stations.

Source: The Times of India