Science Express arrives in city tomorrow
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'Science Express — Biodiversity Special', a one-of-its-kind on-train exhibition, will be in Mumbai from September 16 to 19.
An initiative of the Department of Science and Technology with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, it is a specially designed 16-coach AC train spreading awareness about environmental issues.
With 2011-2020 declared United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, the train focuses on Indian biodiversity and the need to conserve it.
The train on a 52-city journey has already made 28 stops and the exhibition has seen more than 10 lakh visitors.
"The idea is to reach all corners of the country and educate people about the uniqueness of Indian biodiversity and ways in which the common man can conserve it," said Atul Sathe, spokesperson for Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), which is the knowledge partner of Centre for Environment Education, one of the organizers.
Train manager Sudhir Sharma said, "The first eight coaches are dedicated to biodiversity and display the natural wealth of the country divided in 10 geographical regions, giving information on threatened species and how they can be saved.
"The train also addresses other important issues such as climate change. The ninth and tenth coaches detail the reasons for this global problem and how it affects us. Coach 11 deals with sustainable energy and 12 with the legacy of the train."The 13th coach gives a hands-on experience to visitors using different models.
The train will be stationed on platform 13 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and will be open to the public on all four days between 10 am and 5 pm.
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