'Azadi Express' reaches Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

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Mumbai, Dec 18 (UNI) The ''Azadi Express'', A 12-boggy exhibition train graphically depicting the journey of India's freedom struggle to its present gigantic development as part of the 150th celebrations of the freedom struggle, reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) here.

The exhibition is divided in three parts: from the early uprisings like Kittur to the Mutiny of 1857, from 1857 to 1947 when the country became independent and the third one upto 2007, exhibiting India's development till date, a press release issued here today said.

The train is artistically painted in colours of the National flag with shadowed figures of Rani Laxmibai with the sword held aloft, mutineers riding horses. The inside of the boggies is soothingly lighted, showing murals, paintings, drawings and photographs covering the entire period.

The exhibition will remain open till December 22 on platform number 12 of CST.

As part of the celebrations, Directorate of Field Publicity, Nashik held fancy dress competition at Nagrik Arogya Kendra, Dharavi for the girls of slum areas. The winners of the competition were awarded cash prizes and books at the hands of Sailesh Phaye, the incharge of Azadi Express.

The train with its exhibition left Delhi on September 15, and has reached here yestarday, as its last stop in Maharashtra after three months run through a few halts at some of the northern States. Its next destination would be Goa followed by Mangalore, which would be its first halt in Karnataka.

UNI

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