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BEST, rlys protect indicators from rain

With the monsoon approaching, authorities are taking precautions to avoid the malfunctioning of electronic indicators in BEST buses and trains because of contact with rainwater.

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2011 00:48 IST
Shashank Rao

With the monsoon approaching, authorities are taking precautions to avoid the malfunctioning of electronic indicators in BEST buses and trains because of contact with rainwater. The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking is in the process of plugging gaps around the electronic boards displayed in the front and side of the bus. It is using a rubber conduit around the electronic indicator board. Care is also being taken to ensure that wires inside the indicators do not come in contact with water.

“We are changing the wiring inside the indicator box. The wires connecting it are being shifted on the outside and then being covered,” said a BEST official, on the condition of anonymity. This is being done so that even if the water seeps in, it would affect the wires and thus prevent the malfunction of the display board.

For the last year or so, the BEST has been facing problems in the functioning of the electronic indicators. Commuters too have complained that the orange-coloured indicators usually do not function and that it becomes difficult to see the bus number. “We are making necessary changes in the electronic indicators, so that there are no problems during the monsoon,” said OP Gupta, general manager, BEST.

Around 1,200 buses use these electronic indicators and BEST has carried out the required changes in 70% of these.

Similarly, the railways too is taking steps to avoid problems in electronic indicators at stations and on the front of the white-and-violet trains. It is also plugging gaps in roofs above the indicators at stations, to ensure that they do not come in contact with rainwater.

Additionally, LED bulbs are replacing regular bulbs.

“The new LED bulbs are water-proof, so the chances of them getting damaged because of water are minimal,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO, Western Railway. The railways has already replaced the bulbs of signals along the tracks with LED ones.

The indicators at the front and back of the train to are being protected using rubber conduits. During monsoon, regular maintenance of these indicators will be undertaken.