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Mamata touch to Bengal stations

Wherever she sees red, she thinks of the CPI(M). Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has begun changing the colour of railway buildings from red to green that symbolises youth and, of course, her party.

kolkata Updated: Feb 11, 2010 01:20 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Wherever she sees red, she thinks of the CPI(M).

Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has begun changing the colour of railway buildings from red to green that symbolises youth and, of course, her party.

Although there has been no formal announcement, five stations in Hooghly district of Bengal have donned different shades of green during the past two weeks. The Railways have more than 7,000 stations in the country.

Singur, a milestone in the anti-Left movement led by Banerjee and the aborted site for the Tatas’ Nano project has been declared a model station. And it boasts of a green exterior.

Singur station manager Basudeb Chatterjee said, “What’s the harm in changing the colour, especially when green symbolises youth?”

The other stations that turned green are Diyara, Nasibpur, Kamarkundu and Bhadreswar.

“Red is not only our colour. It has been the colour on railway buildings since the service began,” said Anil Bose, former CPI(M) member of Parliament and a member of the standing committee on railways.

The first time a train chugged on the Indian soil was on April 16, 1853 between Bombay and Thane. Since then, railway stations have been brick red in colour.

But Mohammad Jamshed, divisional railway manager, Howrah.Said, “We are using colours that will be more attractive and soothing to the eye.”