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Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi has proposed a dedicated Railway Design Centre at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, with an endowment fund of Rs 10 crore. This money for the fund will come from the railway ministry. Trivedi, who made this announcement while presenting the railway budget in Parliament on 14th March, Wednesday, said the centre will develop design concepts in station architecture, coach layout, luggage storage in coaches, toilets, ticketing kiosks and an online services system.
Recently, when Trivedi was in city, he had visited NID to discuss possible design changes in engines and coaches. The idea of setting up a railway design centre at NID was discussed during his meeting with institute director Pradyumna Vyas. He further said that through research and multi-disciplinary engagement, NID will provide the Indian Railways a springboard for a new era of design thinking that will promote social and technological change in the organisation. "The scope for design intervention is vast. Several areas will be considered for such intervention particularly new graphic standards, signage designs, new color schemes and a bill board and hoarding design system," Vyas said. He said that other areas of the railways in which design can play an important role are railway uniforms, service design for all facilities in trains and at railways stations, exteriors and interiors of railway coaches, IT integrated design, environment design and design issues related to public transportation. Initially, NID will get Rs 10 crore from the railway ministry to start the proposed centre, Vyas said. He added that improved design of products, processes, services and systems can help the Indian Railways in rapidly transforming the social and economic landscape of the country.
Courtesy: DNA India
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