With 25,000 enthusiasts visiting the 16-coach Science Express stationed on platform number 13 at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in the last three days, Central Railway officials have beefed up security on the premises.
Science Express is a unique science exhibition on a fully air-conditioned train, travelling across India.
On Thursday, when Kul Bhushan, general manager of Central and Western railways, inaugurated the Science Express in the city, more than 5,000 people dropped in to enjoy the exhibition. Central Railway officials expect the number of visitors to rise on Sunday and so have tightened security at the heritage station.
“Enthusiasm to see the Science Express has led to people thronging CST. So, we are increasing the security at the terminus,” said a Central Railway official, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media.
In addition to strict checking, visitors have to keep their bags, purses and water bottles at one end of platform number 13.
“We have deployed civil defence personnel, additional ticket checking staff, scouts and guides, in addition to the railway police force, for the weekend,” said V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.
The Science Express will be stationed at CST until May 29. Each of the 16 coaches is dedicated to a theme such as the Big Bang Theory and the universe.
The Science Express is open to visitors from 10am to 5pm and entry is free.