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Press Release No. 24109-10-2020

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 241  Dt: 05.10.2020


SWR is transforming it’s landscape with several green initiatives. Developing gardens and parks is o­ne such initiative which is given tremendous emphasis of late. “Swachh Pakhwara” held all over Indian Railways from 16thSep. to 30th Sep. culminated o­n 2nd Oct with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi ji, the father of the nationTo maintain Railways premises clean and green, a nursery has been developed in Hubballi workshop.

At the Mechanical Stores Depot Gate in Carriage Repair Workshop, Hubballi ,an area of 350 sq.m has been developed as “Vasundhara Nursery “. This is named after Mother Earth signifying importance of plants in nourishing Mother Earth and also our Social responsibility to our planet .This nursery has been developed at an approximate cost of Rs. 4.5 Lakhs.  The garden houses number of varieties of Plants, Herbs and shrubs.

A Green House section has been made at the end with fabricated shelves to house the sensitive plants to shield them from excess cold or heat and unwanted pests. It provides the controlled environment for plants inside it, thus making it possible to grow certain type of plants throughout the year.

The Alternanthera Bettzickiana commonly known as Calico-plant,  the Jasmine a genus of shrubs and vines in Olive family, Aluminum plant with wide bushy leaves in silver patterns, the Aphelandra Squarrosa popularly known as Zebra plant, parlor Palm Plant, Weeping fig plant known as ficus tree, The Balsam Plant which flowers annually, the Dumb canes with microscopic needle shaped crystals, Variegated Alternanthera a house plant valued for its landscapes and hanging gardens, Areca palm for bright indoors, Shanka Pushpa, known for their medicinal values , Adusoge or Malabar nut known as an immune booster, Poinsettia spices of diverse spurge family are some of the plants being grown in this nursery.

Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR today inaugurated the Vasundhara Nursery.  Speaking o­n the occasion Shri Singh said that to maintain a healthy environment we should inculcate the habit of planting at homes, work places etc. He recalled that two big garbage dumps were there in Hubballi workshop two years back and since then lot of positive changes have taken place in workshop.

The Evolution of Nursery from waste land to Vasundhara has been displayed with photographs of various activities carried out as a part of Swachh Pakhwara. Various competitions were held in disciplines such as Drawing/ Painting, Essay and Slogans .Prize winning entries in the competitions were displayed at the venue.

E-Inauguration of book titled “Innovations and Good Work done during COVID-19” was also done by Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR to showcase the activities carried out by both the workshops of SWR namely Carriage Repair Workshop, Hubballi & Central Workshop, Mysuru during the pandemic.  During the Lock down period, Workshops have taken  lead in stitching face masks, preparing  sanitizers for the frontline staff .Aiding the medical fraternity by providing protective gear as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, Workshops have  manufactured high quality PPE Coverall . To provide facilities to Quarantine persons of Covid -19, SWR in a mission mode, converted Sleeper Coaches to COVID care coaches by modifying the coaches as per prototype, mainly in Workshops. o­ne of the Health care initiatives taken up by workshops were the testing cubicles and Intubation boxes which can be used by paramedical staff for collection of throat  Swabs for test. Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR appreciated the work taken up at the Hubballi Work Shop under the guidance of Shri P Ravi Kumar, Principal Chief Mechanical Manager for transforming  the work shop into a beautiful work space .

Shri Singh commended the work of Shri Neeraj Jain, Chief Workshop Manager, Hubballi Work Shop and appreciated the Workshops which played a crucial role in helping the Railway in the COVID Pandemic.

Shri P K Mishra, Additional General Manager, Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubballi Division and Principal Heads of Departments were present o­n this occasion.

                                                          Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                             South Western Railway, Hubballi


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