New Delhi: Dedication and hard work of two years have been paid off very well. In a first of its kind, India showcase its Rail Heritage to National and International audience. Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal launched the “Rail Heritage Digitisation Project” in collaboration of with Google Arts and Culture.
Speaking about the project, Piyush Goyal said, “The Indian Railways and the Google Arts and Culture Association have collaborated for this wonderful initiative, which has taken over two years of hard work, research, inquiry and execution. It is often said that civilisation is built over millenia by countless generations, with each generation leaving its footprints in the sands of time. A culture must reserve these footprints to remember what it was and where it came from. Whenever we look at the evolution of the transport system in India, all these rich traditions, history and culture will play an important role in understanding how the Indian Railways has evolved.”
The Railways minister further said that this project is the largest cultural heritage digitisation project not only in India but possibly the Asia Pacific Region. He expressed hope that collaborative efforts will continue to expand the project further and possibly make it the largest such endeavour to preserve railway heritage in the world.
Piyush Goyal described the project as the gift from the 13 lakh Railways employees to the 130 crore citizens of India.
Being a 165-year-old organisation, the Railways has a lot of material which we need to preserve and leave behind for posterity. The Indian Railways has a lot of treasured moments for the world to see how technologies evolved over time. This partnership between the Railways and Google also has the dimension of the Wi-Fi, which we have proliferated to over 400 stations in India. This shows the potential of collaborations to serve people. The Wi-Fi that has been set up in 711 stations now, have faster Wi-Fi access than any other system in the nation.