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Touch-screen kiosk for railway information

NEW DELHI, JULY 20.

The first multimedia kiosk providing facilities of touch-screen information relating to Northern Railway is now functional at Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Digvijay Singh, inaugurated the kiosk as part of a newly-upgraded Sarai Rohilla station today. Mr. Subhash Mehta, General Manager of Northern Railway, and Mr. D. A. Anand, Divisional Railway Manager, Bikaner, were also present on the occasion.

The touch-screen facilities at Delhi Sarai Rohilla has been developed by Tarini, a Mumbai-based Information Technology company. The first such kiosk was installed by them at Baroda railway station in October 1999 and subsequently at Bombay Central, Jaipur, Ratlam and Kota.

According to Mr. Rajendra Bafna, Director, Tarini, the touch- screen kiosk offers railway-related information in English as well as Hindi. Besides, the all-India railway time-table and fares, it can display railway rules and regulations, divisional information and also facilities available at the station.

``This rugged equipment with a tough touch screen is meant to work in any kind of environment and is at par with the latest equipment used internationally,'' says Mr. Bafna, adding that ``an industrial PC has been used keeping in mind the dangers of vandalism in Indian conditions.''

According to railway officials, the importance of Delhi Sarai Rohilla station has improved due to introduction of broad-gauge on the Delhi-Rewari section in 1994 and that was why the station has been chosen as a model station.

Some significant improvements that have been brought about at the station are parking facilities for cars, improvements in the facilities of cycle and scooter stand, improvement to the station entry, circulating area and booking office and pre-paid taxi booth facility.

The computerised reservation office in the Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station area has been shifted towards Vivekanand Puri halt in the new building. A new booking office with a large open area and adequate queuing-up space has also be opened and it will be able to accommodate the large flow of passenger traffic.