In partnership with Google, the Railways has undertaken an elaborate crowd-sourcing workout to create a virtual repository of its wealthy heritage and supply passengers a unfastened digital excursion.
In a pilot challenge, Google Cultural Institute has deployed six video displays at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Station (CSTM) in Mumbai showcasing the nationwide transporter’s wealthy historical past and heritage – with a lot of the content material crowd-sourced.
“A virtual visit will never replace the real thing. But technology can help open up art and culture to everyone and we think that’s powerful thing,” stated a senior Railway Ministry respectable concerned with the challenge.
There will likely be extra such displays at different stations to reveal commuters to the Railways’ previous, stated the respectable.
Even because the Railways started accumulating uncommon photos thru its distinctive crowd-sourcing effort, it entered into an settlement with the Google Cultural Institute to digitise and exhibit those slices of historical past on virtual platforms and to assist create a virtual repository totally free and common on-line get entry to.
Various different ministries and institutes of the federal government have already collaborated with Google Cultural Institute for exhibiting and protecting India’s cultural heritage digitally.
Indian Railways has an enormous checklist of heritage belongings together with bridges, steam locos, structures, artefacts and museums which may also be showcased for a world target audience.
It recently has 34 museums, heritage parks and heritage galleries throughout India. It has additionally preserved about 230 steam locomotives, 110 antique coaches and wagons at distinguished puts. In addition, it has a big repository of constructed heritage, together with 25 bridges and 70 structures.
“Once these are placed online, it will act as a great tourist attraction,” the respectable stated.
The Railways spends about Rs. 250 crores every year to take care of and arrange the heritage belongings.
“We are seeking private players’ participation to help preserve rail heritage assets – like SBI Foundation is doing at CSTM,” the respectable added.
As a part of the Digitial India-Digital Rail marketing campaign, Google could also be offering unfastened Wi-Fi provider at 100 stations.
Indian Railways is getting ready a complete conservation control plan to maintain and advertise its heritage belongings. Besides, a devoted rail heritage web page below Railway Board’s web page is operational for dissemination of knowledge.
Currently, the Railways has Unesco-accorded websites such because the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Kalka Shimla Railway and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. Matheran Light Railway and Kangra Valley Railway also are most probably to get World Heritage standing quickly.
Google will quickly come with Rewari Steam Locomotive Shed and National Rail Museum within the digital excursion, and later the Nilgiri Mountain railway may also be integrated.
If issues pass in accordance to plan, all of the rail heritage belongings could be to be had on-line within the subsequent Five-7 years.