The Central Railway has launched its own 'Swacchh Bharat, Swacchh Railway' campaign to go with the national 'Swacchh Bharat Abhiyaan' launched by prime minister Narendra Modi.
As part of this campaign, three railway stations that are the base for tourist spots close to Mumbai have been chosen for a beautification programme. The stations at Matheran, Neral (which is the landing local railway station to access Matheran) and Lonavala will be soon given a facelift. The stations' walls, pillars and bridges will be painted artistically and a cleanliness drive initiated to go with it. The Bhushi Dam region, close to Lonavala, is also slated to get a facelift, since the area falls under the Central Railways' jurisdiction.
The aim is to increase footfall to the tourist spots indirectly by sprucing up the stations that are the landing bases. Lonavala and Matheran are the topmost weekend tourist destinations for the Mumbaikar. While Neral is the local railway station head for Matheran, the station at Matheran is a narrow gauge one, serviced by the mini train that starts from Neral and takes commuters up to the hill station.
If the Central Railway keeps up its promise in the next few weeks, Mumbaikars can look forward to prettified stations during their summer outings to these tourist spots this May.