A group of volunteers in Mumbai got together and undertook the beautification of Sion Railway Station. And the results are beautiful.
According to Gaurang Damani, founder of Die Hard Indian, the railways has given permission to a non-profit venture to adopt a railway station, for the first time ever.
“We had taken up King’s Circle Station. Based on its success, we took up Sion station, which is next to Asia’s largest slum – Dharavi. We thought if we can clean up Sion, we can get success anywhere in India,” he says.
Gaurang and other volunteers, from corporates, schools, NGOs etc., started the cleaning project in December 2014. Every weekend, they get together to clean up railway stations. The volunteers remove posters and banners stuck on the walls. They also scrape the walls clean and paint them.
Diehard Indian provides materials like paint, brushes, primer, etc. to the volunteers. The volunteers also do a bit of gardening around the stations.
People traveling by trains can see the difference in Sion and King’s Circle stations. The cleaning in these two places has been undertaken in various phases by as many as 600 volunteers.