Officials from Indian Railways said that this was the best way to create awareness about climate change and its effects
MUMBAI: The Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) which is a mobile science exhibition mounted on an air-conditioned train, on its inaugural day in Mumbai on Wednesday saw 19,000 visitors walking through its 16 coaches.
The train was inaugurated by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railway, via video conferencing from New Delhi. Officials from Indian Railways said that this was the best way to create awareness about climate change and its effects, as school and college students can visit the train and gain knowledge on the issue.
Out of the 16 coaches, eight have been put up by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and are exclusively devoted to information, case studies and material related to various aspects of climate change, the underlying science, impacts, adaptation activities, mitigation solutions and policy approaches in a manner that is easy to understand and interesting for not just school students but also the masses.
“It was very interesting and I also got to learn a lot about climate change,” said Aman Dandekar, a Ghatkopar resident who just cleared SSC.
A CR spokesperson informed that coach 12 is a kids zone set up for children from class five, with activities, games and puzzles on science, mathematics and environment while coach 13 features a hands-on lab where students can perform experiments and activities to understand concepts in environment and science. Seema Rane, a teacher from Thane who came along with her two sons, said that the displays were very interactive and she was glad that there was a section dedicated for kids aged five.
Even as 5,807 students visited the train, some students complained about rain water leaking from the vestibules between the two coaches. Central Railway (CR) denied that the children were inconvenienced and said that there could have been small leakage and water might have entered since it was raining.
The train will be on display at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus’ platform number 10 till July 22, from 10 am to 5 pm and the entry is free.