Platform railings come up at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Interchange metro station 

BMRCL has implemented safety railings as part of a pilot project. This follows recent incidents of people accessing the electrified metro tracks

Updated - February 01, 2024 10:44 pm IST

Published - February 01, 2024 08:29 pm IST - Bengaluru

Barricades set up to constrain the movement of pedestrians at the Majestic metro station in Bengaluru on Thursday, February 1.

Barricades set up to constrain the movement of pedestrians at the Majestic metro station in Bengaluru on Thursday, February 1. | Photo Credit: Sreelakshmi Priyadarshini

Following the recent incidents of people getting onto the electrified tracks at Namma Metro stations, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) on Thursday, February 1, installed platform safety railings at Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Interchange station as part of a pilot project.

Speaking to The Hindu, A.S. Shankar, Executive Director (Operations and Maintenance) at BMRCL, said, “Due to the substantial daily footfall at the Majestic metro station, a decision was made to initiate the installation of platform safety railings as a pilot project. In the days ahead, we will assess its effectiveness and consider extending the initiative to other metro stations.”

On January 5, a male commuter jumped in front of a train at Jalahalli metro station, resulting in injuries to him and disruptions of Green Line operations for an hour.

Functionality

“These railings are designed to safeguard passengers and mitigate the risk of people trespassing onto the tracks, a situation that could cause substantial disruptions in metro operations, which is a matter of great concern. Our approach includes the installation of steel hand railings along the platforms of busy metro stations, strategically placed at the platform edges where train doors open,” a BMRCL official said.

The BMRCL plans to instal platform screen doors (PSDs) in several upcoming metro stations. The first one will be Konappana Agrahara in Electronics City. Funded by Infosys Foundation, this station is part of the R.V. Road-Bommasandra Yellow Line, which might commence operations in the middle of this year.

BMRCL has given a tender recently to install PSDs on the Pink Line, Blue Line Phase 2A (Central Silk Board-K.R. Pura), and elevated airport city station, on the Blue Line Phase 2B (K.R. Pura-airport).

As per the agreement, 13 underground stations are slated to receive full-height Platform Screen Doors (PSDs) while 37 elevated, or at-grade stations, in the aforementioned metro projects will be equipped with half-height Platform Screen Gates (PSGs). The agreement encompasses the implementation of CBTC signalling, train control systems, and platform screen door/gate systems. PSDs are crucial in preventing incidents like people falling onto the tracks, leaning over platform edges, or wandering beyond designated platform areas.

Now, PSDs are installed only in Delhi and Chennai metro stations.

The BMRCL usually relies on guards to dissuade people from going to the edge of the platform and also urge them to stand in queues.

Commuters welcome the move

Vijayalakshmi M. said, “The interchange metro station is often chaotic. The installation of these railings will prevent people from falling onto the tracks and enhance safety. However, similar initiatives should be implemented in other metro stations with increased discipline among commuters.”

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