The proposed Kochi Metro Rail stations will have Platform Screen Doors (PSD), a first in the country, aimed at preventing mishaps and suicide attempts.

The doors would restrict the public’s access to the rails by enclosing the stations in a glass cage and both the station’s door and that of the metro trains would open simultaneously when the trains stop. This way, mishaps due to overcrowding could be prevented. Being an elevated corridor, the public won’t have access to the rails, except at the stations. The provision for PSD had already been included in the tenders floated and would be modeled after the Dubai Metro.

Additional railings would also be installed at main metro stations on a priority basis to facilitate crowd control. Besides, sufficient front line staff and security guards would be posted to ensure that no untoward incidents happen.

The Delhi Metro is an effective mass rapid system, but the suicide bids have increased alarmingly in the last two years.Last year, at least 25 people ended their lives on the metro rails of the national capital. It even forced the DMRC to roll out an appeal. The latest National Crime Records Bureau figures show that 8,490 people took their lives in Kerala during 2012, behind only Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

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