The tactile tiles laid out at the railway platform at Palakkad Junction to help the visually challenged.

The tactile tiles set out at the railway platform at Palakkad Junction to help the aesthetically challenged.|Photo Credit: K_K_Mustafah

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Tiles help them maintain safe distance from train.

The Divisional Railway has actually introduced vacuum dewatered concrete (VDC) technology and tactile tiles for the remodelled platforms at Palakkad Junction and significant stations like Mangaluru and Kozhikode.

When the VDC innovation will give long-lasting, smooth and strong surface area, the tactile tiles will help the visually challenged to browse through the platform.

First station

Palakkad Junction ended up being the first station in the railway division to sport the tactile tiles. Divisional Railway Supervisor Pratap Singh Shami said that the tactile tiles were developed specifically for the visually challenged. The yellow tiles with lines and dots are positioned in a long line, providing a tactile caution to the visually challenged about a safe distance from the train.

The tactile tiles can likewise guide them along the platform without moving close to the edge of it.

Mr. Shami stated that tactile tiles would be introduced only at major stations. But the VDC technology would be used for all brand-new platforms in the division.

The VDC technology has numerous advantages over the standard concreting system. It gives an extra 25%strength to the concrete.

The density of vacuum concrete is also greater. VDC innovation stiffens the concrete quickly.

Mr. Shami stated that more lifts and escalators were likewise being installed in significant stations. An extra lift would soon be prepared at Palakkad Junction.

New escalators were on the cards for Kozhikode, Kannur and Vadakara stations, he stated.

Foot overbridge

Mr. Shami stated that a five-metre-wide foot overbridge (FOB) would quickly be constructed at Palakkad connecting both sides of the station.

All platforms too would have access to this brand-new FOB, he said.

Palakkad Junction just recently established fast watering system utilizing high pressure innovation developed by the Centre for Advanced Maintenance Innovation (CAMTECH). Trains reaching here get tankfuls of water in less than five minutes after the brand-new innovation was presented.

The filling time has been minimized by two thirds, thus conserving about 10 minutes for the trains running behind schedule.