Whether it is your love for vintage locomotives or a recent revival of the same courtesy R. Balki’s Ki & Ka, Delhi’s National Rail Museum is a prominent part of every Delhiite’s childhood and winter picnics. And although, the place refuses to age even as most of us do, it’s about time the Rail Museum got a little overhauling and updating. And guess whose prayers were just answered?
Revamping The Premises
The National Rail Museum will soon be up for ogling by eyes across the World Wide Web, after the authorities having tied up with Google for mapping the museum. The agreement includes mapping the place and all its exhibits over a panoramic 360-degree view!
“We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Google and they will map the museum in a 360 degree view and upload it for free. People will be able to see all the exhibits as if they are present there,” Director of the museum, Uday Singh Meena told The Hindu.
“We will provide all the information to Google, including stories linked to all the trains exhibited in the museum,” said Mr. Meena. “This will create more interest among enthusiasts across the globe,” he said.
Moreover, the museum has also signed an agreement with the Taj Group of Hotels for maintenance and beautification of the museum premises. “They will be carrying out cleanliness drives and beautification work as part of their corporate social responsibility. The work has already started,” said Mr. Meena, adding that street plays will also be organized at the museum to create awareness about cleanliness.
Stepping Up The Food
Moving on to the most interesting part of any and every tour/museum – the food. With the premise being groomed under the supervision of the very best, the Museum will also be blessed with a new restaurant ‘The Rails’, the dome of which has been modelled after the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai.
The Rails will not only be a hub for food and chatter, but a massive depiction of the formation of Indian Railways through unification of a large number of independent rail companies. It also possesses a unique ‘serving train’, which was recently showcased in a Bollywood film, an IRCTC spokesperson said.
The museum authorities have struck a deal with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to manage and operate its new restaurant.
With Google revving up things on the virtual front, and Taj Group of Hotels and IRCTS setting all new real time standards, we now know where the Capital will be spending a major chunk of its time in the upcoming holidays!
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