Chandigarh, Nov 16 (): Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) that portrays biodiversity of our country, chugged into Chandigarh station on 15th November, Thursday. Highlighting a wide range of fauna, flora and their ways of life found in different parts of India, all the 12 coaches of the Science Express will halt in Chandigarh for 4 days.
SEBS is an exclusive collaborative venture of the Ministry of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India and the Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre had undertaken the responsibility of actioning this project.
Different regions are defined in each coaches including coastal region, the Himalayas, the desrerts and Western Ghats among others. Different varieties of animals and plants that are seen in these regions are described.
In the express train, animals, plants and birds that are rare and how fauna and flora adapt to its environment to live also have been depicted. Also, agriculture practices of different regions are shown.
The interesting facts of the regions and the animal and plant species that dwell in that region are also highlighted. Models of animals and replicas of the habitats are also displayed.
A SEBS’s member said India is positioned at the 17th place among countries with excellent biodiversity, so the pride of the country was decided to be highlighted. This is aimed to bring awareness among people belonging to one part of our country being unaware about other parts of the country.
Certain interactive structures are also found in the Science Express coaches. This would enable visitors to hear sounds of various birds by just pressing the buttons. Weighing scale is kept in one panel that depicts weight of a person on different planets.
One panel has quiz on certain common concepts like saving petrol. And in another panel, visitors could contribute their ideas to prevent global warming.
In 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off the Science Express. Since then, the express has covered about 68,000 km across our country. It has halted in 220 places and has been displayed to 63.60 lakh people in 801 exhibition days.