Indian Railways Launches ‘Baby Berths’ for Passengers Traveling with Infants’

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A new facility has introduced a foldable ‘baby berth’ in the lower berths by the Northern Railways on an experimental basis in one of its trains to make traveling comfortable for mothers. The experimental trial began on ‘The Lucknow Mail’ train which travels from Lucknow to New Delhi. In the future, it will be extended to other coaches and other trains.

This new initiative was launched to prevent children from falling and has also been secured with a stopper. With the introduction of this 'Baby Berth', the infants will now be able to sleep alongside their mother

The lower berths already reserved for women have been placed next to baby berths so that young children can travel with their mothers without any inconvenience. Women traveling with a milk-fed infant will feel at ease in this new facility.

The “baby berth” of 770 mm in length, 255 mm in width, and 76.2 mm in height were fitted to the main berths of a coach in the train.

No extra fare will be collected by the Indian Railways for the seat meant for infants. At the time of booking a reservation ticket, the name of children aged below five years will have to be compulsorily filled and a baby berth will be made available to women.

Netizens appreciated the initiative and demanded to extend this in other trains also.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The Northern Railway has introduced a foldable ‘baby berth’ on an experimental basis on ‘The Lucknow Mail’ train which travels from Lucknow to New Delhi.
  • This new initiative was launched to prevent children from falling and has also been secured with a stopper. 
  • With the introduction of this 'Baby Berth', the infants will now be able to sleep alongside their mother.
  • The “baby berth” of 770 mm in length, 255 mm in width, and 76.2 mm in height were fitted to the main berths of a coach in the train.
  • No extra fare will be collected by the Indian Railways for the seat meant for infants.

   Facts to know:

  • Union Minister of Railways: Shri Ashwini Vaishnav.
  • Total Railway zones in India: 18.
  • Northern Railways was formed in 1952.
  • Headquarters of Northern Railways: New Delhi.

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