Railways to set up film cities and studios

New Delhi: With an aim of promoting art and culture, Railways are planning to set up film cities and studios across the country to impart training to deserving Railway employees and their wards.

The proposed film cities and studios will be developed through public-private partnership model by the Railways at locations to be identified by a Railway committee headed by noted theatre personality Saonli Mitra.

Besides film cities and studios, Railways will also develop art galleries and handicraft centres at major stations, a senior Railway Ministry official associated with the newly-constituted Railway Committee on Heritage and Culture told PTI.

The basic purpose is to set up professional institutions and cultural centres through PPP model for providing training and promoting these creative art forms, he said and added, “such institutes will impart training to deserving railway employees, their wards and also to outsiders.”

On art gallery at railway stations, the official said it is not necessary that a separate enclosure will be created at platforms but the existing waiting halls and pillars can be utilised for art works. Art galleries are existing at all major stations in Europe and Canada and this can be done here too, he said. The committee will also explore possibility of introducing “moving libraries” in some premier trains. — PTI

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