18 February 2017 Current Affairs: A ‘Science Express’ train named ‘Science Express Climate Action Special’ was flagged off from Safderjung Railway Station in New Delhi on February 17, 2017 on a seven-monthjourney to spread awareness about climate change.
The train was flagged off jointly by three minister including Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave and Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan who were present at the railway station while Union Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, flagged off event through videoconferencing.
The Science Express is on a seven-month journey and will cover 68 stations across the country, including Agartala and Lumding in the northeast. The journey will conclude at Gandhinagar station on September 8.
The 16 coach express is a collaborative effort of Ministries of Railways, Environment and Science and Technology and will travel to Tripura and to the north bank of the Brahmaputra initially.
Out of the total coaches, 8 coaches are devoted to information, caste studies and materials related to various aspects of climate change. It will also showcase the underlying science, impacts, adaption activities, mitigation solutions and policy approaches in a manner that is easy to understand.
A kids’ zone is also set up for children from Class 4 and below to participate in fun-filled activities, game and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment.
The remaining 8 coaches will display exhibits and activities of the Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology.
Three coaches are fitted with solar panels on the roofs. The train will stop at each station for students and others to visit the exhibitions in coaches.