Tatanagar will be the first station under Chakradharpur Railway Division to sport hi-tech retro-reflective signage. Retro-reflective modular signage panels will be mounted between November 28 and December 15.
The displays will flash directions and public utility messages just like the old ones but do a better job. They are expected to save electricity and yet flash brighter than their conventional counterparts. Railway sources said it was nearly a Rs 18-lakh project.
“Existing glow-signs are over 10 years old. These will be replaced by the modular retro-reflective panels. Hence, slash power bills. We have roped in a private agency to implement the task,” said Anil Kumar Patel, Sr.DEN (Co-ordination) of Chakradharpur division.
The new panels would be mounted on platforms, as well as the entrance, exit and circulating areas. They will indicate ticket , reservation and enquiry counters waiting rooms, dormitories and other facilities on the station premises.
The signage will boast yellow-black and red-white colour combinations.
Railway sources revealed the Divisional Railway Manager of Chakradharpur Rajiv Agarwal had recently given a nod for the project. The requisite funds had been sanctioned by headquarters of South-Eastern Railway in Garden Reach, Calcutta.
On their benefits, Tatanagar station manager Awtar Singh said the new panels would be visible enough to help people locate key public utility facilities from a distance.
The technology is effective. Reflective sign faces are manufactured with glass beads or prismatic reflectors that imbedded in the sheeting so that the face reflects light sources, therefore making the sign appear more bright and visible to the eye.
“This is an ambitious project that will change the look of the station. Tatanagar station assumes significance as it falls on the Howrah-Mumbai route,” he said.
South-Eastern Railway general manager G.C. Agarwal may inspect Tatanagar station on December 20. Railway authorities of Chakradharpur division have set December 15 as the deadline to complete the installation of panels.
“We also replaced overhead platform sheds with new ones,” Singh said.