Free Wi-Fi & Beautification: Railways to Give India’s ‘Doors’ a Large Boost.

The project aims to amalgamate the beauty of the region and the heritage of the Railways.

The Himalayan Foothills of North Bengal is known as Dooars. The tea gardens, forests, undulating plains; have all made it a fascinating tourist destination of Eastern India.

The Northeast Frontier Railway has put in motion a plan to enhance the beauty of the Dooars, by combining it with the rich heritage of the Indian Railways.

Tea garden in the Dooars. Picture Courtesy: Wikipedia.
Tea garden in the Dooars. Picture Courtesy: Wikipedia.

The unique initiative will ensure all 21 railway stations in the Dooars are more attractive and comfortable for tourists. The Sevok railway station, in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, has been given an exciting facelift — modelled on a train, it makes visitors feel as if a train is waiting for them to board.

The Alipurduar Junction and the New Alipurduar Railway Stations now have free Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to browse the internet while waiting for their trains.

A railway official said to The Statesman, “This new and innovative look will be an add-on to the tourists, and will help boost the economy of the local people.”

The Dooars have an altitudinal range of 90 to 1,750 metres. Innumerable streams, rivers and rich flora and fauna, and the favourable climate make it a great getaway for people who wish to get in touch with nature.

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S.K Barnwal, the Senior Divisional Engineer (Co-ordination), said, “Despite the various challenges we face in keeping the trains chugging, the Alipurduar Railway Division has always taken up the challenges. It has played a vital role in connecting this beautiful place with the rest of the country and also helped boost the economy of this region.”

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