In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Tambaram railway station under the Chennai Division of Southern Railways zone became the first railway station across the country to adorn colourful wall murals over the facade to honour COVID-19 warriors.
As the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to citizens for showing their gratitude towards doctors, nurses, police officers, health and paramedical staff, and other essential service workers who are working outside, at a threat to their own lives.
Keeping this gesture alive, the Tambaram railway station in suburban Chennai has been adorned with mural paintings showing healthcare workers and essential servicemen, while common citizens are shown saluting them.
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A Southern Railways spokesperson told The Federal that Renault Nissan has painted the facade of the station. One side of the wall mural shows citizens saluting and clapping hands in honour of COVID-19 warriors. The message “We salute these warriors” is painted boldly beneath the station’s board of the front building.
Further, paintings depicting disinfection works, isolation beds, hand-washing etiquette and other essentials workers such as gasmen, vegetable vendors, etc. have also been portrayed on the walls.
As part of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, Indian Railways had suspended operations of its passenger train services including suburban trains, Mail/Express trains, inter city trains and long distance trains. All freight operations with special parcel trains are running across the Indian Railways network to ensure the transportation of essential items.