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Biodiversity express to set off on second leg of journey

The Pioneer, New Delhi, 8th April, 2013

The second phase of Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS)Train will be flagged off on Tuesday to increase awareness among youths and masses on the varied flora and fauna of the country,

This initiative has been taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in collaboration with Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Indian Railways. The first phase of this programme was launched last year on World Environment Day and concluded on December 22.

According to MoEF sources, after flag off ceremony, the train will then leave for Pragati Maidan Railway Station where it will be stationed during 10-13 April. It will be open to visitors from 1000hrs till 1700hrs and entry is free.

Special efforts have been made  to involve schools that can fix appointments to visit the exhibition and also participate in Joy-of-Science lab A team of 40 post graduate youths in science, will remain on-board throughout the entire journey. They will facilitate the visitors and explain the content of the exhibits and also answer their queries. Thereafter the train will halt at 60 more locations across the country before returning to its base station- Gandhinagar Capital- on 28 October 2013.

The second phase of the programme is envisaged to cover a minimum of 100 locations on Broad Gauge network of Indian Railway across the entire length & breadth of the country. Of the 16 coaches of Science Express- Biodiversity Special, 8 are solely for showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across all the bio-geographical zones of the country. It will be splashed through a variety of interactive exhibits as short films , videos etc, shown on Plasma & LED TV screens, large format displays, kiosks, backlit panels, and so on.

The rest of coaches have exhibits on Climate Change, Energy and Water conservation and topical issues in science. The popular Joy of Science Lab is mounted in an exclusive coach in which students are guided to perform various experiments & activities to understand concepts of various themes projected in the train.

In addition, to this,  special programmes for young visitors includingl games, quiz, painting competitions, elocutions, extempore speaking, etc would be organized in railway stations, while the train is on halt.

The window panes of the entire train have will flaunt posters on the numerous species of flora & fauna found in the country to keep the interest of the visitors going.