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The diversity present in our country is amazing. Be it the snowy Himalayan mountain region, the sandy deserts of Rajasthan or the verdant Lushai Hills in northeast or the Blue Hills of Nilgiris down in the south, the sheer variety of flora and fauna, the birds and animals, the aquatic life will make any one wonder and gasp ‘wow!’
Well, if one longs to have slice of India’s rich biodiversity, one has to step in the Science Express Biodiversity Special, a unique exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train, berthed on the Platform No. 8 at Guntur Railway Station.
The Science Express which has chugged in on October 31 would remain here till November 5.
Children stepping into the coach would be guided by a team led by coordinator R. Borah.
“The Science Express Biodiversity special is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Ministry of Environment, and Indian Railways to create awareness on India’s rich biodiversity, the challenges posed and to promote scientific temper among children,” says Mr. Borah.
The first eight coaches of the train have various colourful modules on biodiversity found in different geographical regions and the others on climate change, environment sustainability, energy conservation and special coaches for children.
“The Science Express is creating wonders. When children and adults see the fascinating exhibits, they say ‘wow’ and their curiosity is aroused when they seek further details. The beauty of basic mathematics, physics and chemistry are explained through simple experiments,” says Mr Borah.
The South Central Railway, Guntur, has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring a hassle-free visit. A large number of educational institutions have already enrolled for the programme. Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, SCR, Guntur G. Sriramulu said that special care was taken to ensure proper queue lines with the co-ordination of RPF, GRP and ticket checking staff. Tents have been erected and water sachets have been kept ready. Additional toilets were arranged on platform No. 7 and pay and use toilets on the station premises.
From: The Hindu