Science Express, a specially designed 16-coach AC train carrying an innovative mobile exhibition, today reached the city. Central Railways assistant divisional manager Ninawe and station master Laxmikant Jakhad formally inaugurated the exhibition. Around 3,600 visitors said to have visited the unique exhibition by this evening.
The Science Express is a unique collaborative initiative of the Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India.
Starting its journey from Chennai on July 27, the train, after visiting various cities in South India, reached Aurangabad today and will remain in the city until September 18, before leaving for Balsad.
The state-of-the-art exhibition on wheels aims at creating mass awareness on the unique biodiversity of India, climate change, water, energy conservation and related issues among various sections of society, especially students.
The train also presents an exhibition on safe, secure and sustainable environment, has a Kids Zone as well as the extremely popular VASCSC Joy of Science hands-on lab, besides a teachers' orientation facility. It also provides a feast to those who love spectacular photography, models and various artefacts. The models exhibit what evils we can face if forests on the earth destroyed, if wild life is extinct and what model to be followed to construct houses in order to save them. The train has been halted on platform no. 5 and a separate route provided for visitors, who will have to pass through scrutiny check. Railway police, state police and private security guards have been deployed. There is no entry fee.