Panaji: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday flagged off the inaugural service of the double-decker air-conditioned Goa-Mumbai Shatabdi train, which will run thrice a week between Goa’s Madgaon railway station and the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai.
The train was flagged off from Panaji via video conference by Prabhu, along with Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik.
Speaking on the occasion, Parsekar said the fully air-conditioned double-decker train was the first of its kind in Goa and would help in boosting tourism.
The train will help tourists to come to Goa in more numbers and in a more comfortable way. I am glad that the train, which will bring the tourists over to Goa, is in itself a novelty being the first fully air-conditioned double-decker train of its kind in India,
The double-decker train has eight compartments with a seating capacity of 120 in each compartment and will cover the distance between Madgaon and LTT in around 12 hours.
In a first-of-its-scale heritage mapping and digitisation project, Google and Ministry of Railways on Friday launched a project that aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the Indian Railways.
The two-year digitisation project “The Railways-Lifeline of a Nation” is a comprehensive digital document viewable on Google’s Arts and Culture website. It was launched at the National Rail Museum here.
The project is divided into “Journeys”, “People”, “Heritage” and “Engineering” sections, each containing visual and textual narratives that rail enthusiasts can access for free.
It comprises photographs, documentaries, text, virtual tours, 360-degree videos, online exhibits, and maps, pertaining to the Indian Railways.
Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India about what the 1.3 million railway employees are doing for serving them”.
“From the Nilgiri mountains to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station, let the people of India relive their childhood… through the train journey to Madhira and through the Darjeeling toy train; let’s show them the Kangra Valley, the Kalka-Shimla experience so that it could be enjoyed by someone in Coimbatore or Ooty,” he said.
Along with several railway lines, the project also documents stories of 32 railway employees including engineers, ticket checkers, trackmen, and shunters.
Also capturing stories from the Indian Railways are other sections like the street art, literature, Bollywood, music, and sports, which demonstrate the inseparability of trains and culture.
The online project will also materialise as digital exhibits at 22 stations in India including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Howrah, Secunderabad and Varanasi, Google said.
The event also saw the inauguration of a permanent exhibition of these online resources in the National Rail Museum premises.