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Saturday, 21 February 2015
Battery-Operated Car a Boon for the Physically Challenged : KOZHIKODE:
The battery-operated car launched at the Kozhikode Railway Station
Raghavan Nair, who is in his 80s, pays a visit to his
relatives in Kollam once in every two months. He sometimes finds it
difficult to get into the train if he gets reservation in the last or
first compartment. On Thursday, he had to take a long walk to the
compartment, where he was allowed a seat. But he felt happy when he was
offered an easy navigation to the train from the platform, in the
battery-operated car launched at the Kozhikode railway station to carry
the physically challenged and the aged as well as patients.
“It is good to have such facilities at a railway station,” says Raghavan Nair.
battery-operated car, introduced for the first time in Palakkad
Division, is getting a good response from passengers. As per the figures
with the station authorities, an average of 25 passengers avail
themselves of the service of the car per day.
“As it is in the
initial stage, the passengers are yet to be aware of this facility. We
have placed boards offering the service,” says chief commercial
inspector P Rajagopal.
“This is a new step in the journey of the
station to world class standards. Being a station with A class facility
and a huge flow of passengers, there is an urgent need for such a
facility at the station,” he says.
Those in need of the car can
contact the chief ticket examiner. The vehicle was purchased by Lulu
Gold using its Corporate Social Responsibility fund.
which is available from 6 am to 12 am, now serves passengers only on the
first platform. The authorities are taking efforts to provide a car for
the fourth platform also, with the financial support of private
Impressed by the response the car has evoked, Rajagopal
says, two private agencies have approached them, expressing interest in
sponsoring the facility.
“We are looking for support from
corporates to arrange maximum services at the station and for the
beautification works,” says Rajagopal.