SOUTHERN RAILWAY PAVILION AT THE 47th ALL INDIA TOURIST AND INDUSTRIAL TRADE FAIR 2022-2023
Southern Railway has set up a pavilion in the 47th Tourist and Industrial Trade fair at Island Grounds, Chennai, organised by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. Southern Railway has been participating in the All India Tourist and Industrial Trade Fair Chennai, for the past several years as this provides an opportunity to showcase the universal appeal of Railways through conventional publicity and to promote public awareness.
SOUTHERN RAILWAY PAVILION
This year, in an effort to showcase progressive India and the transformational phase of Railways, the Southern Railway stall is set up to replicate the façade of Chennai Egmore slated for redevelopment at par with world-class standards in the near future. ‘Black Beauty’, the majestic X-Class Steam locomotive model used in Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the ‘Make in India’ Lion sculpture and Pegasus sculpture, all made from scrap metals by the Golden Rock Workshop, placed at the entrance of the stall fascinate children and elders alike.
The working model of Vande Bharat Express, made by Perambur Carriage & Wagon Workshop captivates visitors as they enter the stall. The centre piece of the pavilion is the working model of EIR-21, the world’s oldest functioning steam locomotive along with the static model of the upcoming Pamban vertical lift sea bridge portion that has been kept on display.
The visitors are drawn to the ‘Selfie Point’ that showcases the life-size poster of Vande Bharat in the backdrop. Various working and static train models in the Railway Pavilion attract visitors, especially children. The Static miniature models of Steam locomotive Fairy Queen, Wooden coaches used in the past, models of Jan Shatabdi and LHB coaches that are part of the present railway system were also on display.
Static Models of various Safety related Signal & Telecommunication Equipments by Signal and Telecommunication workshop, Podanur, are also on display. The working model of double line block instruments which will help the public to learn how line clearance is obtained for train movements besides the model of digital voice announcement system used in LC gates, are also on display. Innovative prototypes of ‘SWAAS’ low-cost ventilator and ‘Rail Mitra’, a robot designed for Railway Hospital CoVID ward, are also being exhibited.
The 47th Tourist and Industrial Trade fair in Chennai
The 47th Tourist and Industrial Trade fair at Island Grounds, Chennai,was officially inaugurated on 4th January, 2023 by Hon’ble Ministers of Tamil Nadu Shri K. Ramachandran, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Shri Ma.Subramanian, Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Shri P.K.Sekar Babu, Hon’ble Minister for Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments in the presence of Shri Dayanidhi Maran, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and Smt R.Priya, Hon’ble Mayor of Chennai.
The 70-day exhibition featuring stalls of various State and Central Govt departments, PSUs and private sector organizations attracts thousands of visitors every year. The theme for this year’s IITF Exhibition is ‘Rethinking Tourism’. The 46th edition of the Expo was held in 2019-20 and owing to the Covid pandemic, the 47th is being held after a two-year break.
Apart from the usual food stalls, fun game stalls, amusement park and toy train rides, many cultural programmes will also be hosted in the open-air theatre set up at the exhibition premises. A TTDC Drive-in restaurant will be an added attraction this year.
The 70-day Tourist and Industrial Trade fair at Island Grounds, Chennai, concluding on 8th March 2023 is open from 11.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays and from 15.00 hrs to 21.00 hrs on all other working days.