Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Delhi - First Visit

Last week I was in Delhi, the one thing that interested me the most was Delhi Metro.

The first thing i noticed at entered Metro Station was an elderly man being assisted by DMRC staff for taking a staircase, its not just one saw few similar cases the same day.

The next was, i was asked by security person at the X-RAY machine to open by baggage and show whats there in lying in between a steel plate and camera. Actually its set of batteries and he couldn't see clearly because camera and batteries are below a steel bowl. I was surprised that security were so keen in checking every baggage. The security guy after confirming they were just set of batteries, apologized for inconvenience. I too thanked them, even i was concerned about safety as they were.

Tactile pavement from entrance to platforms at MG Road Station, Gurgaon.

Tactile pavement leading to platform, see the another yellow line indication warning near track.

After that I found these yellow tactile tiles on platform, entry, exit.
Kept wondering what are these for..!!?? There must be something behind these.

After a little bit of reading I found these are tiles which are useful for visually disabled to navigate.
These tiles can be felt by walking on, these tiles takes a person to entry to staircase, platform, lift,etc.

There are mainly 2 types of patterns, see above image.
- The one on the left, which means corner/junction/warning, exercise caution while on these.
- Right, the direction in one can move.

Below is what wikipedia says about Tactile pavements

Tactile warnings provide a distinctive surface pattern of "truncated domes" or cones (which are small domes or cones that have had their tops cut off, or truncated) or "truncated bars" detectable by long cane or underfoot which are used to alert people with visual impairments of their approach to streets and hazardous drop-offs. People who are blind or visually impaired are alerted of impending danger from vehicle impact or a grade change. There is a disagreement in the design community and the community of users if the interior use of these bars represents a tripping hazard.

All stations are disable friendly.
- Tactile tiles for visually disabled.
- Train announcements in english / hindi for visually disabled.
- Clear display boards of Trains, Train Routes, Women Only Compartment, etc.
- Wheel chairs for elderly commute with Metro Stations.

I still wonder how much planning has been done, all the metro stations are clean, tidy, disable friendly.

Hoping for Hyderabad, Bangalore metro to be same or even better.