Train Commute along Thane-Diva stretch to get Colourful, Pleasant

14th Dec, 2017

THANE : Civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal plans to colour the compound walls along the railway tracks between Thane and Diva with an aim to make the nearly 12km-long stretch a pleasing experience for commuters.

The decision comes nearly a week after heaps of garbage lying around the tracks reportedly led to the derailment of a freight wagon near Parsik hills. The plan will not just clear the mess around the tracks but also make it visually appealing for passengers crossing the stretch just like the experiment paid off in the city like the one at Pokhran 1, said officials.

A proposal will soon be readied for revamping the walls of houses and walls skirting the tracks along the Thane and Diva slow and fast stretch. As per the plans, the 'paint a wall' concept that was taken up along several roads in the city early this year will now be replicated, but on walls along the tracks with residents and artists contributing collectively to liven up the stretch with murals or theme paintings.

Experts and artists will be roped in to recreate pre-approved designs on the otherwise mundane looking walls of the houses and concrete boundaries. The civic body is likely to fund the expense incurred in the initiative, said officials.

"We want to give an identity to the areas and give a feel good look to passengers crossing the stretches. Presently, the areas are strewn with garbage giving a repulsive feel to commuters who should instead be given an opportunity to admire the city," said an official.

Jaiswal, along with select experts, travelled by a local train between Thane and Diva on Tuesday to survey the area.

"A detailed survey will be undertaken and a plan of action readied for implementation within a month. We will be able to give a much deserved facelift to the stretch once the project is implemented," said Jaiswal.


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