Chandrapur and Ballarshah railway stations near Nagpur, Maharashtra have bagged the first prize for the Most Beautiful Stations of the Indian Railways
Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations of Central Railway were adjudged First among 62 entries from 11 Zones on Indian Railways, reviewed by a Committee consisting of Executive Directors of Station Development, Passenger Marketing, Tourism and other departments. The two stations bagged an award of Rs10 lakh each
Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations have been beautified by paintings and sculptures of the Tadoba jungle. Passengers can now have a feel of the rich wildlife beauty of the Tadoba Forest in the station itself
This project by Central Railway, has been carried out with the help of District Collector of Chandrapur, Ballarshah, Forest Department and students of Govt. Fine Art College, Nagpur. Their efforts to beautify these stations by bringing out the beauty of Tadoba Forest and Wildlife through wall paintings and sculptures has become hugely successful
The concept is to work on innovative ideas from all corners in various mediums depicting local culture and beauty.The hard work by these artistes is clearly visible in their creations and this will definetly set an example for other stations to follow suit
Those places which were not reachable by the artiste, drawings were made and printed on Vinyl sheets. Installations were done in metal, fibre, iron fabricated structures, Siporex stone(used to enhance the beauty) etc to create the suitable forest atmosphere
Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway said "This is yet another achievement by Central Railway. The beautification of Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations will bring smile and relief to the passengers from the tiresome long distance journey. One is tempted to go closer, observe and take a selfie. Besides this will help to boost tourism and generate employment in the region"
Meanwhile, Western Railway's Gandhidham station of Ahmedabad division got the distinction of winning the third position by the Ministry of Railways for station beautification in the station beautification competition
Gandhidham station is an A Category stand and has footfall of around 4000 passengers per day and passenger earnings of more than Rs 16 lakhs per day. Kutch region attracts lakhs of tourists every year specially during the annual Rann Utsav
Gandhidham being the first important station of Kutch region has traditionally been the focal point for tourists visiting Kutch region. The station has a record of cleanliness and was adjudged as second cleanest station in amongst 'A' category stations of Indian Railways
With beautiful paintings and skilful installations, Maharashtra's immaculate Chandrapur and Ballarshah railway stations have been adjudged as the most beautiful stations of the Indian Railways. Gujarat's Gandhidham station came a close third
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