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City gives C’wealth Express a miss

Commonwealth Games icon Shera was beaten hands down by Ganpati Bappa in the city on Sunday.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2010 02:37 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

Commonwealth Games icon Shera was beaten hands down by Ganpati Bappa in the city on Sunday.

Mumbaiites busy with Ganesh Utsav festivities gave the Commonwealth Express, a national exhibition train on a 101-day tour of 48 cities across the country, a cold shoulder.

According to the train’s log book, till 5.30 pm on the last day of the train’s halt in Mumbai, only about 1,000 people had visited the train. Sources said most visitors were either railway officials and their families or sportspersons. “The response could have been better. I guess it was the wrong time to be in Mumbai,” said Sabarjit, an official hosting the train.

R.N. Verma, general manager, Central & Western Railways, felicitated 18 eminent sportspersons from the Central and Western Railways at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Saturday.

The 11-coach Commonwealth Express has five coaches dedicated to the Commonwealth Games. On display inside these coaches are facts about the Commonwealth Games; details of the games venues with dummy models of the stadia; calendar of various sporting events; profiles of Indian medal winners at Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games; and profiles of Railways’ sports personnel who have won either Arjuna, Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Dhyanchand or Padmashree awards.

The remaining six coaches feature information about the Department of Information Technology (IT).

It prominently showcases the ‘IT story of India’ by way of backlit displays, front-lit digitally printed posters, short information films, etc, in English and 10 other regional languages.

The IT exhibition showcases various dimensions and perspectives of the information and communication technologies (ICTs) and it has been planned in such a way that all six coaches display different facets of India’s IT story.

The unique, first-of-its-kind exhibition provides apt business opportunities, as many stand to benefit from various public-private partnership initiatives of the Department of Information Technology. Each of the coaches is based on themes, which aim to capture the essence of an era gone by. There is a picture of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the country’s first president, inaugurating the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1951.

R. Chandrashekhar, secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, said, “While a section of the population is aware of the significance of information and communication technology, the larger section still does not have much clarity about it. The more important fact is that they don’t know how IT as a tool can change their lives.”