Li­brary on Wheels for book­worms on trains

Cen­tral Rail­way and state Marathi De­part­ment start project to make books avail­able on Dec­can Queen and Pan­cha­vati Ex­press

Mid Day - - CITY - A COR­RE­SPON­DENT mailbag@mid-day.com Madhu Ko­tian, A pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber

‘It is a wel­come move and we hope that there is a va­ri­ety of books for all classes and ages. It is a pos­i­tive thing and it should click. How­ever, it all de­pends on how it is im­ple­mented’

IF you’ve for­got­ten to carry a book to read while trav­el­ing, you could bor­row one from the Cen­tral Rail­ways. In the first ex­per­i­ment of its kind, pas­sen­gers on the iconic Dec­can Queen and Pan­cha­vati Ex­press will get a li­brary with the choic­est of books for read­ing.

Books will be free

Giv­ing de­tails of the project, Ma­ha­rash­tra Cul­ture Min­is­ter Vinod Tawde said the ‘Li­brary on Wheels’ will be in­au­gu­rated on Oc­to­ber 15 on­board both the trains, on the oc­ca­sion of the birth an­niver­sary of for­mer pres­i­dent Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam.

The kiosks will be avail­able in the com­part­ments re­served for monthly sea­son ticket hold­ers in both the trains. The Marathi books will be free and a ‘book mes­sen­ger’ from the state Marathi De­part­ment will be in-charge on the train to hand them dur­ing the jour­ney. Pas­sen­gers will have to re­turn them be­fore de-board­ing.

The project will be in­au­gu­rated in the Dec­can Queen leav­ing Mum­bai for Pune at 5.10pm and the Pan­cha­vati Ex­press leav­ing for Man­mad at 6:15pm.

‘It should click’

The Cen­tral Rail­way had sent a pro­posal to start this project with the state Marathi De­part­ment and it was ap­proved on Thurs­day. This will be the first of its kind project on­board pas­sen­ger trains and the re­sponse it elic­its will help spread it. “It is a wel­come move and we hope that there is a va­ri­ety of books for all classes and ages. It is a pos­i­tive thing and it should click. How­ever, it all de­pends on how it is im­ple­mented,” pas­sen­ger as­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Madhu Ko­tian said. A 30-YEAR-OLD Scot­tish na­tional was ar­rested by the Santa Cruz po­lice on Fri­day for fly­ing a drone with­out per­mis­sion. The ac­cused, Tom Jauncey, is co-founder of the cre­ative agency ‘Beau­ti­ful Des­ti­na­tions’ and had come to Mum­bai to video­graph the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of a bas­ket­ball ground in Matunga. A po­lice of­fi­cer from San­tacruz po­lice chowky saw a for­eign na­tional fly­ing a drone nearby.

The of­fi­cer in­formed his se­niors, who reached the spot and hauled Jauncey to the po­lice sta­tion. Se­nior In­spec­tor Shri­ram Kore­gaonkar said, “He was fly­ing a drone near the fun­nel area of Mum­bai air­port. Dur­ing an in­quiry we found that he did not have any per­mis­sion to fly a drone, so, we ar­rested him.” The cops have also seized his drone for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Un­manned air­craft op­er­ated in In­dia re­quire an Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Num­ber (UIN) which is is­sued from the DGCA. This is granted only to cit­i­zens of In­dia, or a com­pany or body that is reg­is­tered and has its prin­ci­pal place of busi­ness in In­dia, its chair­man and 2/3rds of direc­tors are cit­i­zens of In­dia and its own­er­ship and ef­fec­tive con­trol is in the hands of In­dian na­tion­als.

The project will be in­au­gu­rated on Oc­to­ber 15, the birth an­niver­sary of for­mer pres­i­dent Dr APJ Ab­dul Kalam

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