GUWAHATI, July 19 � On a 101-day expedition across the length and breadth of the country, the Commonwealth Express � an exhibition train for creating awareness on sports and information technology, arrived at Guwahati today.
State Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Bharat Narah declared the �exhibition on wheels� open for the common public at Kamakhya Railway station.
Flagged off on June 24, 2010, the train would go to 49 selected stations in 20 States of the country. The train will be stationed at the Kamakhya railway station for two days, giving a unique opportunity to the common people to know about Commonwealth Games and IT boom in the country, after which, it would go to Mariani in Jorhat district.
The train, which was enthusiastically received by the common people at the Kamakhya station, has 11 air-conditioned coaches exhibiting information related to sports and the Commonwealth Games, and also interesting insight into the field of information technology, reach of IT in the rural areas of the country, and the progress of the schemes launched by the government for popularizing information-communication-technology in the country.
People interested in sports and children thronged Kamakhya station to visit the exhibition. Small statues of Shera, the official mascot of the Commonwealth Games, were a great point of attraction for the children along with the replica of the stadiums hosting the Commonwealth Games and information about various sports personalities of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Narah said that the exhibition train, which combines the ideas of sports and IT, is a great opportunity for the common people to know about the international sporting extravaganza and IT progress in the country. Commemorating the arrival of the train, best performing village-level entrepreneurs (VLE) from 27 common service centres (Arunoday) were felicitated on the occasion.