On the heels of Central Railway, which has been on a makeover spree recently, Western Railways’ Mumbai division has painted the interiors of two ladies coaches of the suburban trains to give it a more pleasant and aesthetic look.
The coach interiors were given the make-up at the Mahalaxmi Workshop under a project ‘Hamara Station-Hamari Shaan’, to make the local travel experience more pleasant, WR spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said on Wednesday.
Sunil Nandgaonkar, a painter-cum-artist at the workshop, along with Vijay S. Rajpoot, has created the paintings in a ladies first and second class coaches.
The paintings show birds singing on trees, dolphins jumping out of the water, a tiny land mass with coconut trees, lush greenery and flowery bushes.
Earlier, the WR’s air-conditioned trains’ ladies compartments were painted a distinctive green with the image of a smiling woman to make it easy for women commuters to identify.
Even WR’s suburban stations have been taken up for beautification with artistic paintings on staircases, foot-overbridges, booking offices entrance-exits, signages, and the platforms – all to provide a vibrant and soothing ambiance to commuters.
In recent weeks, Central Railway’s Mumbai division has also been giving its coaches a new look with fancy artwork. It has already unveiled two sets of ‘nature-themed’ coaches along with a tricoloured rake, which will be put in service on October 2.
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