Recently, Delhi and Lucknow divisions of the Northern Railway, offered foldable berths for travelers commuting with babies. As part of a test program, this initiative was launched on Mother’s Day. On the Lucknow Mail’s two lower main berths, ‘baby berths’ have been installed as a trial. And, once the authorities receive feedback from passengers, this service will be expanded to other trains.
The idea behind this initiative was to offer parents additional berths to handle babies who are too young to be left alone on a single ordinary berth. To prevent babies from falling out and keep them safe, a stopper is installed in the berth.
Facilitating ease of travel for mothers travelling with their babies.
Indian Railways introduced baby berth on experimental basis in Lucknow Mail 12229/30, Coach No. 194129/B4, berth No. 12 & 60. The fitted baby berth is foldable & secured with a stopper. pic.twitter.com/THZvL4MJhk
Recently, Satish Kumar, the divisional railway manager of the Lucknow Northern Railway, took to Twitter to share the details about berths, along with a video explaining how to use it.
On trial basis Delhi Division has started baby berth in selected trains for facilitating mothers to comfortably sleep along with their babies. IR under the leadership of Hon MoR @AshwiniVaishnaw Sir & Hon MoSR @DarshanaJardosh ma’am is taking Service to another level pic.twitter.com/zQ8pD3V3bd
Although no one can deny that the idea behind the initiative is worth appreciation, the execution and design are not practical.
Many netizens claimed that no mother was consulted while designing this berth. They also shared how the design isn’t safe for babies. Here are some of their reactions.
apart from the impracticality of this rubbery straightjacket contraption & that huge gap which screams mishaps, no mother (or dad) will be comfortable placing their kid towards the outside while she/he sleeps snuck next to the safety of the carriage wall @RailMinIndiahttps://t.co/I7hFTRx9qq
I don’t think the design committee had a woman.A simple design would have been to increase the breadth of the main seat to let the child & mother sleep on the same seat. & allocate these special seats who travel with infants. #IndianRailwayshttps://t.co/XDN2uUDph9
Anybody with a child or a baby will tell you that this is a bad design..babies are always towards the wall for safety and not outside like this for them to fall and injure themselves…#IndianRailwayshttps://t.co/DBR2nHLHvP