The Death Rail Platforms – Can we Cure ??

Standing at the railway platforms, many might have experienced the feeling of being dodged down to the rails while the train drifts along. More than illusions, this actually happens frequently. Almost every Indian probably know the death rates at the platforms of Indian Railway Stations. This can happen to anyone at anytime often during boarding and unboarding on the train. I personally have encountered many incidents in which people or their belongings get drawn down into the rails while they are trying to board on a moving train. The government can escape from the blames with a justification that it has been advised many times not to risk with the moving trains. Very true in fact !! But sometimes even the person who had issued such a direction would dare to approach a moving train, if he would lose a train for minutes or even seconds. The busy life offered by today’s lifestyle demands such a hurry. So why cant someone find an idea to avoid this innocent deaths rather than issuing directions ?

May be the future trains of Indian can be made “Metro Style”, can’t it be ? These Metros are really close to the platforms without leaving a way for something to get through. I know its not a an easy or feasible task to replace all the existing trains worth millions or billions by this idea. But some relatively cheap arrangement can be made for the existing ones. I don’t know if I am making a valid point, but I have a suggestion. Why cant some sort of a ‘step like platform’ be attached to the sides of the train so that it slides just above the platform (at centimetres’ height) so that it seals the possibility of someone/something being dragged into the rails. I have sketched my illustration for a better understanding.

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I am talking about the red coloured thing at both the sides in the illustration. Well, let me explain my idea – these can be low cost aluminium or some other kind of ‘a bit strong’ materials (while referring these platform materials I have in my mind an image of the bus’s footrests) less than half a meter  in width and just one or another half centimetres in thickness that runs throughout the length of the train –ofcourse discontinuing for 10-15 centimetres between each coach. They stay just about the platform, just centimetres high so that it do not create unwanted friction, but without compromising the purpose for which they are attached – to prevent something/someone being dragged into the rails. Thus, these platforms serve a dual purpose – to safeguard the passengers’ life and help the people who can’t climb all the way up from the platforms to the high coaches. I won’t claim that this would eradicate the death rates, but surely somebody can be saved at least. If there are some experts around, please consider my idea and comment your suggestions. If found good and feasible, we can forward this prototype to the officials. If you find this idea good, please share this via your social networking sites or put in your suggestions, we may sometimes be able to save many precious lives.

A Journey to the Forgotten Memories - A pleasant pain ?? ::: Travelogue - Peremede, Vandiperiyar and Thekkadi

6th October 2011: When I was told we were to be off for a family trip to Thekkadi via Vandiperiyar, with a break at Vandiperiyar for a visit to our 'once' home, I was really thrilled ! Though I had been to the high range area amble number of times (though it was more that 5-6 years back last time), I have little memories about the place where I spent the first 2 years of my life. When I had been there last time, the cold there was really chilling, it was really pleasant for me though; and the paths almost were witnessed by two or three monkeys every mile or so once we are past Paruvanthanam, and sometimes - especially at dusk even leopards and wild tuskers. Even we have had an experience of witnessing a tusker swaying a KSRTC (Road Transport Corporation of Kerala) Bus, intended to protect the private vehicles parked under its cover, our vehicle being one among those. Such a horrifying, but diverse and astonishing wildlife in interaction with the civilian life was really mind blowing those days.

 

06102011337Expecting all these, I set off for the journey today morning along with my family. But what welcomed me was totally out of all expectations. The chilling cold that prevailed even in the hot months of April and May, is now feeble even in the mid of October. Once, when we had waited more than an hour to see another vehicle when ours broke down, the present high range might perhaps be fed up of vehicles. I do not remember even a minute in which vehicles were out of sight.  Also about the wildlife, all have disappeared - the monkeys grin at the passing by vehicles no more, the traces of elephants or at-least their dungs are not visible at any part of either sides of the road. Apart from the skies and distant peaks, nothing distinguishes the high range roads from the ordinary ones. Also the fauna and the dreadful depths covered by long treacherous bushes setting bait for adventure lovers vanished into soils and stones. Totally, for me the

A Journey to the Forgotten Memories - A pleasant pain ?? ::: Travelogue - Peremede, Vandiperiyar and Thekkadi

6th October 2011: When I was told we were to be off for a family trip to Thekkadi via Vandiperiyar, with a break at Vandiperiyar for a visit to our 'once' home, I was really thrilled ! Though I had been to the high range area amble number of times (though it was more that 5-6 years back last time), I have little memories about the place where I spent the first 2 years of my life. When I had been there last time, the cold there was really chilling, it was really pleasant for me though; and the paths almost were witnessed by two or three monkeys every mile or so once we are past Paruvanthanam, and sometimes - especially at dusk even leopards and wild tuskers. Even we have had an experience of witnessing a tusker swaying a KSRTC (Road Transport Corporation of Kerala) Bus, intended to protect the private vehicles parked under its cover, our vehicle being one among those. Such a horrifying, but diverse and astonishing wildlife in interaction with the civilian life was really mind blowing those days.

 

The Traffic-Flooded High Range RoadExpecting all these, I set off for the journey today morning along with my family. But what welcomed me was totally out of all expectations. The chilling cold that prevailed even in the hot months of April and May, is now feeble even in the mid of October. Once, when we had waited more than an hour to see another vehicle when ours broke down, the present high range might perhaps be fed up of vehicles. I do not remember even a minute in which vehicles were out of sight.  Also about the wildlife, all have disappeared - the monkeys grin at the passing by vehicles no more, the traces of elephants or at-least their dungs are not visible at any part of either sides of the road. Apart from the skies and distant peaks, nothing distinguishes the high range roads from the ordinary ones. Also the fauna and the dreadful depths covered by long treacherous bushes setting bait for adventure lovers vanished into soils and stones. Totally, for me the

Proud to be an Engineer ?? – May be its high time for a Self Analysis

I am an Engineering (B.Tech) student frown in half way to qualification. I have a doubt, if anyone can answer me, it will be of great help to solve the greatest puzzle in my mind. My doubt is “Why engineering degree ??” – is it for finding something useful for the upcoming engineering career or with an intention that only very few should achieve this degree ?? You may sometimes say ‘BOTH’, but I’ll stand for the later argument only. Because very few of what is taught in Engineering is needed for the future – an information obtained from some pass-outs. Industries spend millions of money each year training the Engineers, a fed up small scale entrepreneur once told me “How would you expect us to feed these rascals, why do they go for engineering ? To play ??”. Then I assumed it as a mistake of the referred engineers. But now I reckon that it is not the poor engineers who are responsible, its the society that makes them so. It is not only engineering branch of higher studies that is hence ruined. But having experience in only this field, I am worthy to talk about it only.

 

I joined engineering with some crazy dreams worth laughing at – to make a mobile phone on myself, to control the nerves of the computers, to build an amazing home full of security, a James Bond style security breach etc.; for which I badly needed deep knowledge in electronics and communication. So I thought of taking it up as a career. Secondly, being told for years, computer engineers work at the cost of their life’s enjoyment, families etc., I was also influenced my many such people echoing the same lines, which included my teachers, parents, acquaintances and many others. I am not blaming them for my misfortune, It is my sole responsibility to take up my fate – as mentioned in the famous Mortal Kombat – “every man is responsible for his own destiny” – it is not others to be blamed for what all non-sense we have committed. Or when you learn to take up the fate as your own responsibility, there starts the real essence of wisdom, which I lack greatly.  Anyhow finally, after taking admission in one of the reputed colleges of Kerala, after 2 years I found myself to be incompatible with the educational system, the syllabus refers to equations but