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Get ready to see graffiti at 36 Mumbai suburban railway stations


Mumbai: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (L), Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadanvis (2nd L) and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor during the launch of beautification of 36 Suburban Railway Staitions of Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI10_2_2016_000101B)

Mumbai First and Making a Difference Foundation (MAD) initiate a week-long programme flagged off on Sunday

Mumbai: A week-long beautification programme initiated by Mumbai First and Making a Difference Foundation (M.A.D) which has partnered with Central and Western railways to beautify 36 suburban railway stations was flagged off on Sunday.

It was a colourful sight for the commuters entering railway stations on Sunday. The walls were painted with graffiti and the steps were also coloured. Soon, the commuters will get to see history walls painted at each railway stations in Mumbai which would speak about the history of the particular station and how the station received its name.

Artistic painting of staircases, foot over bridges, booking office areas, entrance / exits, signages and platforms would be beautified by the volunteers under this project. Under this project, each station is being led by a team leader under whom the artistes, designers and volunteers would be given the respective tasks.

Several artists, design students and experts roped in to create themes and designs for various stations. Keeping the Mumbai’s coast and environment in mind, Marine Lines station has a theme of the Koli community.

Haresh Shah, a member of MAD foundation, said, “Our motto is to make the stations colourful by introducing graffiti art across the walls of foot over bridge at railway stations. We intend to create a vibrant atmosphere across all railway stations wherein thousands of commuters visit on a daily basis.”

Around 25,000 volunteers from MAD and Mumbai First were roped in for the beautification programme. The programme would continue until October 8. The history walls at each station will be bear three languages namely Hindi, Marathi and English.

“We are targeting the booking office and station master office by making it more colourful. Churchgate station to Dahisar and Masjid Bunder station to Thane will be beautified under this program,” added Shah.