Kochi: Ernakulam South railway station will provide hassle-free access to services at the railway station to Divyang passengers. By implementing ‘Divyangjan Project’ Careful and meticulous planning had converted the station into a Fully Divyang Friendly Railway Station with CSR participation of Mathrubhumi group.
Exclusively earmarked Divyangjan car parking space is available near the Ticket Counter. Wheelchairs can be used from this point to the train compartment of all the platforms. There are dedicated ramps for entering the station building, offices, waiting hall, washrooms and also accessibility provided to all the platforms through trolley paths. At platforms, movable train ramps provide effortless access for the wheelchair to roll on into the coach. A divyangjan facilitation counter ‘Divyang Corner’ serves the divyang for any assistance and here detailed LED display boards displays the layout of the station and facilities available at the station for the divyang passengers.
A mobile phone number 9400555138 is available for getting the assistance of Rail Sahayaks. This phone will be handled by the batch in charge of Rail Sahayaks round the clock at Ernakulam South station to assist divyang passengers at the station. Also, battery operated cars are available for the assistance of passengers.
The facilities were dedicated in the presence of Prof N R Menon, Emeritus Professor, School of Marine Services CUSAT; R Harikrishnan, Station Director & Area Manager, Ernakulam; P Sindhu, Mathrubhumi Unit Manager; Jobi Mathew, International Arm Wrestling champion; and Virali Modi, the voice of Divyang passengers who started the online campaign #mytraintoo.
Mathrubhumi Group provided funding support for the ‘Divyangjan project’ under their CSR initiative. The work has been coordinated by the Commercial Department of Trivandrum Division. Portable Ramps at Ernakulam South for access of wheelchairs to trains are sponsored by Malayala Manorama.
The Alumni Association of St. Teresas College, Ernakulam donated Battery Operated Cars to the railway station. Railways aim is to associate with Divyang driven NGOs, Associations and Media so that the facilities are well implemented. Divyangs can call 138 to request help.
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