The Central Railway (CR) is planning to turn stations near popular hill destinations such as Lonavala, Matheran and Neral into tourist stations. It is also planning to landscape a 10-acre plot near Bhushi dam in Lonavla to attract visitors.
The CR owns 25 acres of land and water body at Bhushi dam which is visited by thousand daily during monsoon. “We are considering to adopt landscaping or to create step gardens to make the property more appealing to the visitors. We look forward to undertake this project under corporate social responsibility or with the help of any non-government organisation,” said Ravindra Goyal, divisional railway manager (DRM), Central Railway Mumbai division.
The CR plans to put up details of nearby tourist spots along with their photographs at the stations. It is also planning to decorate the stations according to the features that the tourist spots in the area are best known for.
For example, the roof of Lonavala station roof can have waterfalls and a lot of greenery painted on it while Matheran can be decorated with paintings depicting the British-era. “These stations receive thousands of tourists daily and many of them foreigners who show interest in knowing more about the region,” said Goyal.
“This initiative will increase the aesthetic value of these stations,” said Rohit Jadhav who often visits Lonavala.