Science Express train stationed at Chandigarh station for 4 days

Science Express, which depicts the biodiversity of the country, chugged into the Chandigarh Railway Station on Thursday. Highlighting the large varieties of flora, fauna and way of life in different places across India, the 12 coaches will be stationed here for four days.

An initiative of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Environment and Forests and Ministry of Railways, the Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre was given the task of making the project.

A different region is described in each of the coaches including the Himalayas, coastal region, Western Ghats and the deserts among others. The different kinds of plants and animals that exist in those regions are depicted.

In the train, animals, birds and plants that are endangered and how flora and fauna adapt to their environment to survive have also been depicted. The agriculture practices followed in different regions are also shown.

Interesting facts about the regions as well as the plant and animal species have been highlighted. Replicas of animals and models of the habitats were put on display.

A member of the project said that since India is ranked 17 among the countries with rich biodiversity it was decided that this should be highlighted. At present people in one part of the country do not know much about the other parts.

Certain interactive features are present in the coaches. Visitors can hear the sounds of different birds by pressing some buttons. One of the panels has a quiz on the myths and reality of certain common notions on saving petrol. At another, options have been given about the ways in which visitors can contribute towards preventing global warming.

A weighing scale has been kept that depicts the weight of a person on different planets.

The Science Express was flagged off in 2007 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Since then it has covered 68,000 kilometres across the country. As many as 63.60 lakh people have seen the exhibition at 220 halts in 801 exhibition days.

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