Chandrapur and Ballarpur railway stations in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district have been selected as the most beautiful stations in the country by the Railway Ministry, state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday said.
Recently, in a railway station beautification competition organized by Piyush Goyal led Indian Railways, Chandrapur and Ballarshah railway stations in Maharashtra became the nation’s “most beautiful” railway stations by securing the first position.
Ballarshah and Chandrapur railway stations were decorated with paintings and sculptures depicting the Tadoba forest, which was welcomed by the passengers who experienced the rich wildlife beauty in vivid colours. Both the stations have been awarded Rs 10 lakh as the prize money, said a statement by the Ministry.
According to Central Railway Chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi, both the railway stations were adjudged first among 62 entries from 11 Zones of the national transporter. He also stated that the beautification of both the railway stations, which fall under the Nagpur division of Central Railway, will bring smile and relief to the passengers from the tiresome long-distance journey.
Madhubani Railway station under Samastipur division of East Central Railway in, Bihar has been declared the second best along with Madurai Railway Station (Southern Railway). More than 100 artists adorned Madhubani station with renowned Madhubani paintings in only 10 days in October last.
Madurai Railway Station’s walls were painted with various murals relating to Madurai. One of them is the scene which depicts the giving away of the bride Goddess Meenakshi to Lord Sundareswarar by Lord Vishnu from the celestial wedding which is performed at the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple.
The third prize has gone jointly to three stations— Gandhidham in Gujarat, Kota in Rajasthan and Secunderabad in Telangana. The paintings in the Gandhidham station depict a mix of the culture of Gujarat and Kutch and bring alive its rich heritage on the walls.
Secunderabad station is steeped in the rich traditions of Cheriyal Scroll Paintings. Deriving its lineage from Cheriyal village near Warangal, Telangana, the costumes and settings provide an authentic glimpse of the rich culture of Telangana.
Interestingly, Secunderabad was also India’s first railway station to bag the coveted ‘Green Railway Station’ tag given by the Indian Green Building Council – Confederation of Industry (IGBC-CII).
In order to make these stations beautiful, fibre casting, which is is both effective and longer lasting, has been used in relief work and round sculptures. In places, which were unreachable by the artists, drawings were made and printed on Vinyl sheets. To create a forest kind of an atmosphere, installations were done in metal, fibre, iron fabricated structures, Siporex stone. Interestingly, wood has been used in places where work had to be done on different layers. For wall paintings, oil and acrylic has been used and for children, cartoons have been added as a special attraction.