Selfie Points at Railway Stations
Taking Selfie on rail tracks or edge of the platform or in trains is dangerous and also punishable. This offence come under section 145 and 147 of Railway Act 1989, with fine up to Rs.1000 or imprisonment up to six months or both. So Railway decided to set up Selfie points at Railway Stations to avoid mishaps. Railway stations could soon have designated selfie points, even though activists are against this idea but Indian Railway decided to set up selfie points at Railway stations, famous newspaper reported. Railways has come up with this move to prevent people from being crushed to death on railway tracks while taking selfies.
The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) has been given the task of re-developing 600 stations across the country with the help of private players. Besides, the Indian Railway will also renovate and develop 70 stations across the country on their own, which will include ‘selfie points’ as well, newspaper reported. While the selfie points are currently being set up at 70 stations, the second phase will include all A1 and A stations.
The Railway authorities says that the selfie points at Railway Stations will be developed at safe spots to avert any mishaps or loss of life.
Central Railway decided to set up selfie points at railway stations including Pune Junction stations, CSMT, Buhranpur, Nagpur. Lonavala is also included in the selfie points at Railway stations project. Five of selfie point stations are being in Rajasthan. In Rajasthan stations have selfie points are Udaipur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Gandhinagar.
But activists are saying that selfie points should be set up on the railway station premises and not on platforms, otherwise it will cause disturbance to other passengers, especially during the peak hours.
Selfie in Heritage Railway Engine
East Coast Railway announced that to honour the glorious tradition of the past and also to provide a sense of identity to the future generations in the fast growing technologies about the small icon of the glorious history of Railways, Sambalpur Railway Division of East Coast Railway has created a Heritage Park in front of Divisional Railway Manager’s Office in Sambalpur Town to showcase an age old Steam Locomotive.
The Steam Locomotive No.-679 has been retrieved from the junk yard of Bankura Railway Station of Adra Division under South Eastern Railway and placed in front of the Divisional Railway Manager’s Office on 31st December 1999 on the eve of the new millennium after giving a new sleek and beautiful look improving its old look.
This steam locomotive with glorious history by serving Mail/Express Trains in the then Bengal-Nagpur Railway was successfully transported and now has been installed as pedestal in front of the DRM Office at Sambalpur City. This heritage locomotive was built by the North British Locomotive Co.Ltd, Glassgow (Scotland) in the year 1908 in the name NG Steam locomotive No.679 having its wheel configuration 4-6-2 with Class CC. It was carved on a brass plate and is placed at the heritage site. The Heritage train engine has also been decorated with LED lights to beautify the Heritage Park.
The good news for public is that this heritage garden will be open to the general public and they can also take selfies with the engine in the Heritage Garden. In the next few days, old-style semaphore signals (with signal arms) will be installed in front of the Locomotive Engine. Special arrangement will be made for School and College students to come to DRM Office/ Sambalpur and take selfies with the locomotive engine in the background.
It is stated that, Indian Railways has started to preserve more than 160 years of rich history both tangible and intangible heritage and the proud owner of four UNESCO accorded World Heritage Sites namely Darjeeling Himalayan railway (1999), Nilgiri mountain Railway (2005), Kalka Shimla Railway (2008) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai (2004) and is also preserving about 16 steam Locomotives as working heritage.