To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Shimla railway station was lighted up in blue, the official colour of the United Nations, on Saturday evening.
India joined over 60 nations globally in lighting over 200 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks on UN Day. The Shimla railway station got the UN heritage site tag on July 10, 2008.
It was one of few monuments, including the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar in New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, Darjeeling Railway Station (part of the Mountain Railways of India) in Darjeeling, Udhagamandalam Railway station in Ooty, to be selected by the UN.
Radhika Kaul Batra, from office of the UN resident coordinator in India, said India was among the original members of the United Nations that signed the UN Declaration at Washington on January1, 1942.
Sanjay Ghera, station superintendent, said it was moment of pride that the Shimla railway station was picked up by UN for this historic event. “The railway station was will be lit blues on Sunday also,” he added.