सोनेपुर Sonpur Jn (SEE): Science Express Biodiversity Special train reached Sonpur station under Sonpur division of East Central Railway (ECR) on Friday. The 16-coach air-conditioned rake, especially designed by Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, will remain there till Sunday for the visitors.
Union minister for environment Prakash Javedkar, railway minister Sadanand Gowda and science and technology minister Jitendra Singh had flagged off this train from Safdarjung station on July 28 this year. ECR GM Madhuresh Kumar said the Science Express is a wonderful effort of the two ministries. “It would prove to be a boon for those students who are keen to learn more about environment and importance of maintaining ecological balance across the globe. Science students would benefit a lot by having a close look at the science exhibition gallery,” he said.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak, a large number of people including youth turned up at Sonepur station to have a look of the Science Express from early hours of Friday. The exhibits of the Science Express have been developed and designed to showcase the myriad biodiversity across the country. The objective behind introducing Science Express Biodiversity special is to create interest among youth and rekindle their waning interest in science, he said.
The CPRO said the Science Express is on a seven-month journey, during which it would visit different places across the country. Science lovers will have a glimpse of unique features of science exhibits displayed in the train, he said.
The sparkling white AC coaches have rare exhibits related to science and technology and environment and forests. Among other things, these exhibits focus on desert, marine, coastal, forest and agro biodiversity and their linkage to livelihood. They also delve into the mysteries of the world and climate changes, the CPRO said, adding the current decade (2010-2020) has been declared by the UN as ‘Decade of Biodiversity’, he said.
Science Express has a dedicated coach on ‘Change of climate and biodiversity’, which is bound to create interest among youth towards science and technology being used for betterment of mankind, the CPRO said, adding there is a ‘kids zone’ in this train which showcases interesting facets of mathematics and science for class III to V students. Besides, there is a separate ‘joy of science laboratory’ coach for school students. They can participate in laboratory experiments by getting themselves registered online with firstname.lastname@example.org or calling directly lab in charge on cellphone number 09428405408.