This Technology Is Helping the Visually Impaired Find Buses in Chennai

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As reported by the TimesofIndia The Metropolitan Transport Corporation has fitted 75 buses on 10 routes with radio frequency transmittersto help the visually challenged. The move, which follows the intervention of the Madras high court, will help the blind know about the arrival of these buses well ahead

A senior MTC officer said the technology was available on buses on these routes: 54 (Poonamallee-Broadway), E18 (Broadway-Guduvanchery) 25G (Poonamallee-Anna Square), 45B (Guindy Industrial Estate-Anna Square), 21E (Nandambakkam-Broadway); 21E Extension (Defence Colony-Broadway); 23C (Ayanavaram-Besant Nagar); 47D (Thiruvanmiyur- Ambattur OT); 56D (Broadway-Ennore) and D70 (Velachery-Ambattur Industrial Estate). The new buses in which the transmitters have been fitted will arrive in a gap of 10-15 minutes. “The visually challenged will no longer need to seek the help of those standing nearby,” said an official.

A group that works with the visually impaired identified the 10 routes for MTC and the officials have also been told to refrain from diverting those buses in order to avoid confusion.

Ahmedabad-based founder of Urban Voices, Kumar Manish, said the welcome initiative, however, had its limitations as it was installed only on a few bus routes. “It is important that every city address the issue holistically, like incorporating design elements for streets that support and facilitate movement of visually challenged. Few bus stop locations are clearly marked and bus information is not provided in braille. Walking to bus stops is still a major challenge for visually challenged,” he said.

News Source: Times of India

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