Waiting for trains for long hours can be irksome. But in a gleefully unexpected move, Dileep Kumar, the senior divisional commercial manager, came up with an idea to make the experience rather exciting.
Sonepur Junction, a town in Bihar, which attracts thousands every year for the biggest cattle fair in Asia, will now facilitate a happiness junction. The Ministry of Railways tweeted about the same – “In a first, Indian railways comes up with (a) ‘Happiness Junction’ in Bihar.”
The core idea behind the happiness junction is to use the waiting time for trains for recreational activities like reading books, journals, television programs, a specific kids corner for young children and much more to make the otherwise tedious experience fruitful and fun. The passengers will also get a chance to contribute their efforts for a charitable cause. The idea was primarily inspired by Bhutan’s index of Gross National Happiness (GNH).
“We are providing reading materials as well entertainment facilities to the passengers to keep them engaged in variety of entertaining games, quiz contests, and other charity works.”, said Mr. Kumar, the main initiator of the project.
One of the main attractions of the junction is the ‘Goodwill Wall’ which is an opportunity to allow passengers to include their share of humanity. Travellers can donate things like clothes, books, food, water bottles, towels, etc. that may help others.
“In that way, everyone could get a share of happiness in life by way of charity as it will bring colours in the life of the needy,” Mr. Kumar elaborated.
The initiative was very well appreciated by the authorities and the travellers alike. The authorities plan to induce the same plan in the whole division soon. Some passengers also suggested setting up a quick basic medical facility for cases of emergency, which can contribute in broadening the novel impact of this initiative.
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