Namma Metro kicks off 'priority seating' campaign

Published: 22nd August 2016 04:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2016 04:51 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: With ridership increasing every day, being commuter-friendly is on top of the list for Namma Metro. As part of its initiatives, the Banglore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has launched a ‘priority seating’ campaign on its trains, wherein 40 graphic posters have been put up in coaches asking commuters to offer seats to elderly citizens, physically challenged, pregnant women and women with infants.

Metro had earlier put up posters above seats marked for physically challenged, but it was ignored by many commuters.

Speaking to Express, BMRCL spokesperson U A Vasanth Rao said, “These posters are more lively and conversational and will be placed on the twin seats and the panel above the twin seats in each coach. We are trying to put up these posters where it is easily visible. The Metro journey is relatively a short one, the longest being 20 minutes or half an hour. So, giving up a seat is not very difficult.”

He added, “We can’t make anything mandatory. This is our way of requesting commuters to be sensitive towards other people. We have been observing in the CCTV images that the earlier posters were not working at all. Thus, we decided to start this campaign. We hope this will make a difference.”

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