New Delhi: Display screens will come up at at various stations in a phased manner in the next four years under Railway Display Network (RDN) project to communicate with passengers and also provide infotainment, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Saturday.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said the railways proposes to install display screens at foot-over bridges, platforms, waiting rooms at stations under Railway Display Network (RDN) project in the next four years.
“Railway Display Network is envisaged to become a unique medium of communication with passengers which will not only provide necessary information and social messages to the passengers but will also become a medium of enriched infotainment,” he said.
The roll-out of the RDN system at various designated stations is expected to be done in a phased manner, Gohain said, adding 500 such screens have already been installed at 16 railway stations.
“Starting with deployment at A1 category stations followed by A, C and other category stations (B and D). The project is expected to be completed in four years,” he said. The screens will display information related to arrival, departure, running status of trains and other passenger related information round the clock.
It will keep passenger informed about amenities, comfort, convenience and safety features available at the station and also display emergency messages on SOS basis and messages related to disaster management.
The minister said the railways will display advertisement and social messages along with the other information. “Railway Display Network will generate revenue by displaying contextualised advertisements for pre-agreed duration and frequency. RDN is planned to be built and operated on a self-sustainable model with no capital investment by Indian railways,” Gohain said.