Railway gives ‘wheels’ to the physically challenged travellers

Battery Operated Vehicles, Indian Railway

New Delhi, July 20, 2016: Travelling via the Indian Railway is getting easier by the day for the passengers with steps being taken to ensure that their journey becomes comfortable.

In a move that will help the physically challenged passengers, the Indian Railways has been authorized to introduce Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs) at major railway stations for disabled, old age and sick passengers on a first come first served basis.

This would be introduced via sponsorship from individuals, NGOs, Trusts, Charitable institutions, Corporates and PSUs/Corporate Houses under their Corporate Social Responsibility with no charge to passenger or to the Railways. Around 59 BOVs have been provided at 40 major railway stations.

Indian Railways provides these BOVs at major stations depending upon the passenger traffic and availability of sponsors.

In recent months, Indian Railways has taken many steps to make passengers comfortable with an increased focus on cleanliness, good quality food, safety, and security. Now this move is surely an icing on the top!

Besides, this the railway has increased the lower berth for Senior Citizen Quota and pregnant women.

The combined quota earmarked for Senior Citizens– female passenger 45 years of age and above and Pregnant women in Sleeper, AC-3 tier and 2A classes has been enhanced by 50% and now this quota is six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in AC 3 tier and AC 2 tier classes. In

In case of Rajdhani, Duronto and fully Air Conditioned/Express trains, the number of lower berths to be earmarked under this quota in 3 AC class are four per coach as against 3 in normal Mail/Express trains.