Kudos to crowd funding, 36 suburban Mumbai railway stations will undergo a complete makeover on October. The changes will be made in 20 stations on the Western Line, starting from Churchgate till Dahisar and in 15 stations on the Central Line, apart from the CST and Byculla. The makeover will be made between 2nd October and 8th October, and the corporate employees & volunteers have also made their part in this initiative. This beautification program has been named as ‘Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan,’ Although no stations in the Harbour Line has been included under this makeover project.
Mumbai First, the city’s think-tank organisation will monitor the whole project with the collaboration of a local non-profit organisation, Making a Difference. These two organisations have chalked out a 7-day program in which many corporate employees, volunteers, real estate companies and industries will paint the stations. The stations will be painted by the landmarks of those respective localities. The designs and themes will be chosen via a competition, held at the city art colleges such as Rachna College and the JJ School of Art. Although the stations on these two corridors were adopted before for beautification will be barred from this program.
Shishir Joshi, the CEO of Mumbai First, announced the ‘Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan,’ project and said the program was planned in such a manner that even the daily passengers would feel these stations belong to them, as they would also take part in these beautification project. He said, “Some stations have already been beautified, but this will be a massive programme to be completed in just six days.”
Not only the commuters, according to Joshi the paint companies, some major real estate and corporate companies and a telecom giant have shown their interest to be included in this project. They will not only invest their money but also play an active role in this ‘Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan,’ project. The employees of these conglomerates will even take an off time and will join in cleaning and painting enthusiastically. Already 3000 volunteers, including the employees, students and citizens have applied to take part in this noble cause. The work will go on during the non-peak hours, in the afternoon and after 9 PM.
A major telecom company of the country has agreed to provide Wi-Fi on some stations. Joshi also said each station would need Rs. 3 to 5 lakhs for beautification and a major part of that money will come from the crowd funding. The method of the crowdfunding has also been finalised. Check out below the stations which will undergo the makeover:
21 On the Western line from Churchgate to Dahisar
15 On Central line from CST to Thane
CST has not been included in this beautification program as it is already a heritage site by UNESCO.