Thiruvananthapuram First To Introduce Portable Ramps For Differently-Abled People To Climb Into The Train

The Logical Indian

March 2nd, 2017

Portable Ramps

Moved by the harrowing experience of Virali Modi, while using the services of the Indian Railways, Central Railway Station of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has come up with an innovative idea that will surely bring a smile on the faces of physically challenged people.

Central Railway Station of Thiruvananthapuram has become the first station in the country to introduce a wheelchair facility and ramp for the physically challenged people based on an official order from Southern Railways.

Virali Modi has been a paraplegic since she was 14 years old. She issued a petition of making railways differently-abled friendly. She said that she had been groped and manhandled three separate times by porters when they were helping her board the train as the Indian trains are not accessible to wheelchairs. Her petition has gathered a support of nearly 10,00,000 people, and this was brought to notice of Southern Railways by a former Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Bajpai.

The Southern Railways were very prompt to work out a solution to provide a dignified access to the less privileged.



An official letter was released on February 20 by Chief Commercial Manager Ajeet Saxena to procure portable ramps and foldable wheelchair to be put to use from 1 March.

The normal width of a wheelchair is 24 inches, but the railways are providing two foldable wheelchairs of which one has a width of 22 inches, and other has 17 inches.

The Southern Railways also has ensured the presence of lady staff to oversee the assistance of the porters. The facility cost Rs 65 and can be used making a prior request.

The Logical Indian welcome this innovative step taken by the Southern Railways and hope that the government expedites the process to help lakhs of differently abled people travel more comfortably


Read more: One Woman’s Fight To Make Railways Differently-abled Friendly Gets Recognised By Ministry

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Indian Railways Launches First Solar-Powered Train, First In World To Use Solar Panels

Railways Compensation Family

Railways To Pay Rs 30,000 Compensation To A Family That Could Not Access Toilet For 90 Minutes

Confirmed Seat

From April 1, Confirmed Seat For Waiting List Passengers In Next Alternative Train

Virali Modi

One Woman’s Fight To Make Railways Differently-abled Friendly Gets Recognised By Ministry

Railway To Launch Yatri Mitra Sewa To Make Rail Travel Comfortable For Elderly & Differently-Abled Passengers

Passenger Tweets About TTE Taking Extra Money For Tickets, TTE Suspended Within Minutes

Latest on The Logical Indian

My Social Responsibility

He Is Spending 40% Of His Salary To Run A School For The Children Who Cannot Afford Quality Education

News

Honor-Killing: Death Sentence To 6 Including Father-In-Law For Murdering A Dalit Engineering Graduate

My Social Responsibility

This Tribal Village Is On A Mission To Become The First English Literate Village Of India With The Help Of Their Local Language

News

Why Is The Transgender Community Upset About The Transgender Bill?

News

Delhi, Gujarat Tops The List For Counterfeit Currency; Read To Know More

Awareness

Restaurants To Face Jail, Fine For Selling Mineral Water Above MRP: Centre To Supreme Court