GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - In an effort to reach out to the masses and apprise them of the rich heritage of Indian Railways, plans are afoot to set up a digital museum at the Guwahati Railway Station.
“A digital museum is being planned in Guwahati. Besides, as the railway network spreads further to States like Manipur and Mizoram, similar projects will be planned there,” Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), told The Assam Tribune.
The project will involve installation of digital screens of various dimensions to display multimedia content related to the over 150 years of history as well as the latest developments in the Indian Railways.
“The aim of digital museums is to showcase the great legacy of Indian Railways through one or two-minute-long clips on digital screens at a convenient location at railway stations and also in other passenger areas,” said Sharma.
While no time-frame has been officially fixed regarding installation of the digital museum at the Guwahati Railway Station, the project is expected soon.
The installation of a digital museum is not very costly as the expenditure only involves setting up of LED screens, Sharma said. Digital content will be provided by the heritage directorate of the Railway Board.
It is noteworthy that the Railway Board had recently decided on a plan to set up digital museums at 53 stations all over India.
As part of the initiative, NFR recently installed digital museums in three railway stations of the zone – Darjeeling, Siliguri Town and Jalpaiguri.
Already, more than 40 short films on heritage buildings, locomotives, train stations, hill railways, and other subjects have been made to make people aware of the heritage of Indian Railways, apart from current developments in the sector.
Once the digital museum at the Guwahati Railway Station becomes operational, these films will be displayed here as well for viewers.
Sharma said the digital museums are being launched at various places in line with the Rail Display Network (RDN) policy announced last year by Indian Railways for stations across the country.
“The RDN plans to have a high-tech centralised network of display screens at major stations by 2021. The screens, which will be installed on platforms, waiting rooms and other important areas, will highlight information related to arrival, departure, running status, the particular platform any train would halt at, as well as the positioning of coaches, in multiple languages. Emergency messages and information related to disaster management will also be highlighted if required,” Sharma said.