Three years after you stopped seeing them in local trains, railway route maps are set to make a comeback.
Slapped on the ceiling right above the doorstep, these maps, which once guided commuters to the approaching station, and was a boon to those not too familiar with the route.
The suburban rail map has disappeared from the Central and Western Railway trains in the last three years. This is because of the rakes — violet trains — introduced in Mumbai. In all, there are 205 rakes in Mumbai that ferry local passengers daily. While 121 of these run on the Central Railway, the other 84 ply on the Western Railway.
Divisional railway manager of Western Railway, Shailendra Kumar, confirmed that the task of putting up the route maps on all local trains will begin soon. “The pasting work should begin shortly,” said Kumar.
The Central Railway too has started the process of putting up route maps. “We have called for proposals from interested parties,” said chief public relations officer of Central Railway, Atul Rane.
Up to three years ago, the onus of pasting route maps was on the advertising agency as railways used to allow advertisements in lieu of the railway network graph.
However, as new-age trains started rolling in Mumbai around 2007, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation had laid down rules, banning pasting of any kind of advertisements either on the exterior or interior of the new rakes. Of late, the rule has been eased so that the railways can earn revenue from commercials. This has now made it possible to get route maps above the doors of each coach.
Announcements of the next station are made in the new-age trains apart from the same being displayed on indicators installed inside coaches.