Chennai suburban stations: hostile to the handicapped

This picture of a rail user who climbed up the staircase of the Kodambakkam station in Chennai on the Beach – Tambaram line on his hands shows our pathetic, backward, Victorian-era railway infrastructure.

We can all pay a rupee more to avoid scenes like this. Mr. Lalu Prasad, why no escalators for suburban stations?

The handicapped man had to climb the steep, dirty staircase on his hands. When our Railway Minister can announce a “cash surplus” of Rs.25,000 crores for one year in the Budget, he can very well afford to modernise the system by putting in escalators and lifts at all stations.

Mr. Minister, please put your money where your mouth is.


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