Heritage railway station buildings to get make-over – news 07 trends

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With a view to renovating its station buildings to improve their heritage worth, the Bengaluru division of the South Western Railway (SWR) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a non-profit organisation.

The Railway officers signed the MoU with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACT) on Thursday, the SWR mentioned in a press assertion.

Four previous station buildings on KSR Bengaluru- Chikkaballapur-Kolar railwayline, Devanahalli, Doddajala, Avathihalli and Nandi Halt could be restored and preserved, the SWR mentioned in an announcement.

Besides, the stations in Rajanukunte, Oorgaum, Champion and Chintamani are to be developed as heritage railway stations, the assertion mentioned.

“The MoU seeks to restore and preserve heritage railway stations at Doddajala, Devanahalli, Avathihalli and Nandi Halt based on different themes related to history and heritage,” it mentioned. According to SWR, these buildings are examples of colonial-style structure situated on picturesque stretches.

The metre-gauge line grew to become operational in August 1915, it mentioned. The SWR mentioned the works stipulated in MoU could be undertaken in two levels.

In the primary stage, INTACH would undertake the renovation, restoration and preservation in session with the Railway and determine the companions underneath CSR for funding the initiative.

In the second stage, methods and technique of sustainable upkeep of preserved and restored buildings could be developed by creating further facilities on the stations and environment.

An art-cum-cultural typical centre could be developed at Doddajala and an interpretation centre for monuments and historical past, caf or snack counter could be arrange at Devanahalli.

A silk museum and useful resource centre, together with a park, with applicable tree-planting and landscaping could be made at Avathihalli, a rail museum, caf, restaurant, cultural efficiency centre, pop-up weekend crafts markets, interpretation centre, open air theatre and amphitheatre could be offered at Nandi Halt Station, the SWR mentioned.

This is the primary initiative in SWR restoration tasks are being taken up underneath company social duty (CSR), the SWR mentioned. SWR mentioned it had prior to now one year opened a rail museum at Hubballi, redeveloped Mysuru Railway and museum, amongst others. It referred to as upon firms or people to take up works within the railways underneath CSR.

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