NATIONAL

Trains that transport you to the forests

A big attraction of an Indian train journey is the forest routes, and many passengers may recollect how they watched a herd of elephants or deer in the woods from the coach window. Now some of these images will transport you to the world of wildlife as coaches turn into a canvas of paintings of the denizens of the forests.

The Railways are considering a proposal of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to paint coaches and stations with the images of wildlife to spread awareness of conservation and promote tourism.

“We are considering a WWF-India proposal of having pictorial representation of natural habitats and wildlife on certain trains and stations to create awareness of the need for conservation and protection of forests, tigers, birds and other species,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.

Protection of tigers, apart from birds such as cranes, will be the main theme. The Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur stations and coaches of the Nizamuddin-Kota Jan Shatabdi Express will have the paintings first.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had a discussion with tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar on the work at the two stations and on select trains. — PTI



Railways are considering a WWF proposal to paint coaches with wildlife images



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