By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent www.gulfnews.com
Mumbai: Two students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have come up with a commuter-friendly, easy to understand railway map for the Mumbai suburban railway network in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.
Commuting by Mumbai’s local trains can be a daunting experience, not just for a first-time traveller, but even for a regular commuter going to an unfamiliar destination.
Rail maps play a critical role in providing travel-related information to help commuters navigate and to guide them towards making an informed decision for their journey.
Mumbai, which has one of the busiest rapid transit systems in the world, operating more than 2,000 train services and carrying more than 7 million passengers daily, had no well-designed and authentic maps available on its railway network.
This situation prompted Jaikishan Patel and Snehal Patil — first-year Masters students in the Visual Communication programme at IIT’s Industrial Design Centre — to work meticulously on an easy-to-understand, colour-coded railway map for commuters and address the shortcomings in existing maps. More info