The makeover work is part of the Ministry’s attempt to combine cleanliness with creativity.

Culture on walls Colourful murals now adorn the walls of Tpuram railway station
news Transportation Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 18:45

 In an otherwise drab railway station travellers can now pause for a moment and soak in the colourful murals that adorn the walls of the Central Railway station at Thiruvananthapuram. 

The walls of the landmark main building and the ceiling of the concourse area at the main entrance of the railway station has got a colourful makeover depicting local/social cultural paintings.

The makeover work depicting Kathakali and Mohiniyattam dancers to martial arts figures, among others, is a part of the Railway Ministry’s attempt to combine cleanliness with creativity. 

The Central Railway Station is among one of the busiest stations under the Southern Railways in terms of volume of trains and passenger movement. The advertisement revenue for the station in a year is Rs 1. 5 crore.

The Station is one of the three stations, along with Rameswaram and Madurai elected by the Southern Railways for depicting local/socio cultural paintings. 

The murals meant to narrate the socio-cultural life of Kerala include paintings of the secretariat, the state administrative headquarters and covers an area of 2,050 square feet.

 

The project is in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

“We are the first one to complete this. In the other stations this has been done with sponsorship. But in Thiruvananthapuram we used our own fund, we have the fund of Ministry of Tourism though. Rs 3 lakh was spent for painting the building walls and ceiling. We are planning to paint more area, by considering the feedback of the work we have already done,” Senior Divisional Commercial manager Sudheesh V C told The News Minute.

The project was executed by an agency in Chennai. The work began on May 5 and was completed in two days. In the second phase the authorities are planning to paint the walls of the booking office. 

The Central Railway Station has been undergoing a slew of renovation and development projects. New ticketing counters, a premium parking space and a pre-paid auto rickshaw counters were also built as a part of this project. An executive lounge will also be launched soon. A water vending machine, to fill water in bottles for Rs 5 per litre, will be set up in a month. 

“The feedback from the passengers so far is encouraging. We are thinking of carrying out similar projects in Thrissur and Ernakulam railway stations. Earlier paintings were done at Kottayam and Kozhikode railway stations but not a large scale like this,” Sudheesh added.

 

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