Railway Ministry of Indian announced to launch “Digital Museums” at 22 Railway Stations on this year’s Independence Day. This Museum will highlight the history as PM office objected to investing money in public transporters for the development of separate Railway museums.
Subrata Nath, the Director of the Railway Board in a communication issued to Divisional Railway Managers on August 8, the ministry disclosed the minutes of PM Modi’s meeting over the matter on March 26.
Quoting the March 26 meeting with PM Modi, the Railway communication expressed that “there is no need to invest in and develop more railway museums. Digital museums can be created on the walls of the station depicting the history and current developments by use of appropriate technology.”
Against the settlement at the meeting, the communication said that the minister has “decided to launch a pilot scheme at 22 railway stations where true color digital multi-media screens are already available.”
The upcoming digital screen will be 5.1m long, a width of 2.1m to 3.2m says the communication. It added that a dry scheme would also be initiated on August 11-12. They even mentioned the 22 chosen stations to get highlighted with ‘digital museums’ are Sealdah, Howrah, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Vijayawada, Secunderabad, Erode, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi, Agra, New Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Raebareli, Ambala, New Jalpaiguri, New Jaipur, Sultanpur, Guwahati, Cantonment, Katihar, Prayag, and Gorakhpur.
However, the communication has not yet stated anything clearly about the decision to convert Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus into a ‘digital museum.’
A senior Central Railway Minister said that CSMT has already a museum, which according to the permission will be revised into a bigger museum, most importantly ‘digital museum’ but “without investing much.”