165th an­niver­sary of first In­dian Rail­way is cel­e­brated at Thane

THANE-BORI BUN­DER STEAM EN­GINE

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - PR­ERANA BHARADE

The replica of first steam en­gine that ran in In­dia will soon the cen­tre of at­trac­tion at the Thane sta­tion, in­formed the pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tion who had gath­ered to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of the day when the first In­dian rail­way ran be­tween Thane and Bori Bun­der.

In­dia’s first train ran from Thane to Bori Bun­der in Mum­bai on April 16, 1853. It has been 165 years since and on this oc­ca­sion, pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tions had pro­posed the in­stal­la­tion of old steam en­gine as a mem­o­ra­bilia, if not a world class rail mu­seum at Thane. Thane’s pas­sen­ger rep­re­sen­ta­tives had sub­mit­ted a let­ter to the Union Rail­way Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal on April 12 de­mand­ing the same. The let­ter states the lo­cal pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tions have been de­mand­ing at least a steam en­gine to be in­stalled at Thane sta­tion and re­quests for di­rec­tions to the lo­cal rail­ways for the same.

“As it is the Trans­port Mu­seum at CSMT is most likely not to come up. With ThaneBori Bun­der be­ing the first rail route, as a to­ken of his­tory, we asked the min­is­ter to at least keep a steam en­gine for pub­lic view,” said Nand­ku­mar Desh­mukh, pres­i­dent, Thane Rail­way Pravasi Sangh. Pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tions claim that de­spite Thane hold­ing his­tor­i­cal rel­e­vance for In­dian Rail­ways, it re­mains in a poor con­di­tion. There was a pro­posal to con­vert Thane into a world class sta­tion, which barely took off. “Ev­ery­day around 5-6 lakh peo­ple travel via Thane through main (CSMTKalyan) and trans-har­bour (Thane-Vashi) lines. De­spite this, the sta­tion is ne­glected and fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided are in­suf­fi­cient,” added Desh­mukh.

The BJP MLA San­jay Kelkar along with pas­sen­gers as­so­ci­a­tion and rail com­muters cel­e­brated ths day in grand way. A cake was cut and peo­ple who worked with the rail­ways were fe­lic­i­tated. Kelkar then de­clared that there has been pos­i­tive re­ply from rail­way min­is­ter about the mem­o­ra­bilia. Besides, there were other pro­grammes too that marked the his­tor­i­cal day at Thane sta­tion.

Also a med­i­cal cen­ter was opened to mark the day where pas­sen­gers will get med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing X-rays. The cen­ter was

opened by Shiv Sena MP Ra­jan Vichare near plat­form No 2. This small cen­ter has all the med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in case of emer­gen­cies and peo­ple can avail this at an af­ford­able rates.

Replica of In­dia’s first steam en­gine will soon be seen at the Thane sta­tion

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