Blue Light Warning Signal-Indian Railway
Safety First – Blue Light Warning Signal to Passengers travelling by Local trains/EMUs
Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal, with a view to improving safety of passengers travelling by the Lifeline of Mumbai, the Mumbai Locals, advised all officials to come out with innovative methods.
The Central Railway have yet again come out with an innovation, and based on the successful trial runs, if implemented, will act as one more indicator for the Mumbaikars, not to risk their lives and wait for another local, for reaching their homes and destinations safe.
Central Railway have installed a blue light visual indicator just above the entrance of one EMU coach for guiding the commuters not to board the running train, at the last moment. Due to the fact that unlike METRO Trains or AC EMUs which have an electronic door closer and due to the impracticality (suffocation, etc) of providing doors on Non-AC EMU Coaches, the blue light visual indicator is being tried at present. The blue light visual indicator indicates when to stop boarding the train before it becomes unsafe and draws a boundary on the platform which is the minimum clearance level for commuters to avoid accidents while the train is in motion.
Visual Indicator emits a beam of light over the entrance area, when train starts, taking connection from the Guard who gives the beat to start the train and the commuter is alerted and warned of the imminent danger of being too close to the train on the platform, thereby guiding him/her to back off from the train. This device will definitely act as a psychological barrier from boarding the moving train and also as a deterrent to the people, not to board the running train.
The work of installation of Blue light visual Indicator has been carried out in Kurla car shed of Central Railway under able guidance of Shri D.K. Sharma, General Manager, Central Railway.
Central Railway would monitor the performance of the new blue light visual indicator and based on the outcome and the commuter feedback, a decision would be taken on installation of Visual Indicators on more coaches/rakes of Mumbai Suburban Locals.