FACILITIES TO SENIOR CITIZENS

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As far as either Senior citizens or wheel chaired passengers concerned, the reaching of platform other than the Platform 1 is a herculean task in all the railway stations. Hence at every over bridge connecting the each platform either a ramp or a mini lift which can accommodate at least either 2 senior citizens with one accompanying person or 2 wheel chair person may be provided. A separate PNR may be issued to the senior citizens, which can be recognized digitally by the lift. Or they may be issued a smart card temporarily for the use of the lifts provided at the over bridge at the entrance of the railway station itself. This will curtail the use of the lift by the other persons. For this purpose a nominal charge may be levied along with the tickets or the senior citizen should forego his concession at the rate of 50% ( on his concession) in the case of berth reservation which ever is high and this amount may be given to a unemployed youth nominated by the railway authorities.
For getting in to the compartment, a mobile ramp may be provided at the compartment well in advance based on the PNR.
The matter has been presented in a round about way. Plainly, our railway stations are not passenger friendly. Even more so harsh on senior citizens and differently abled or ailing passengers. There must be elevators provided on all platforms for the above categories of passengers. Although some stations do have elevators, it does not cover the last mile more  
Jan 27

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