DIBRUGARH, Sept 29 � �Mother Express�, an exhibition train showcasing the life and works of late Mother Teresa, was accorded a rousing welcome on its arrival at the Dibrugarh Railway Station (the new station complex at Seujpur) here today.
As the train was being stationed at platform No.1, hundreds of people waved their hands, showered flower petals and sang hymns to welcome the train. The new railway station was given a festive look altogether. The welcome ceremony was led by the nuns of the congregational order founded by Mother Teresa. A ceremony of arati was also conducted at the big portrait of Mother Teresa by the nuns in the train.
The Union Ministry of Railways had flagged off this special trian as a tribute to the Nobel laureate on her birth centenary on August 26 from the Sealdah Railway Station. It had been inaugurated by Union Minister of Railways Mamata Banerjee during the flag-off ceremony.
Mother Express, coming from Sealdah, was stationed for exhibition for at least two days each in Katihar, Raiganj, Siliguri, Kamakhya and Dimapur stations before reaching Dibrugarh. The train will travel through the length and breadth of the country to mark the birth centenary of the apostle of peace.
The train consists of three air-conditioned coaches where life-time charity works of the Mother have been displayed to highlight the selfless service rendered by the great soul to the cause of humanity. Commentary on Mother Teresa and songs written on her are also being played inside the coaches. The train will be kept for two days here and in the afternoon of October 1, it will proceed towards the next destinations, Sourkar Roy, in-charge, Mother Express, told this newspaper.
The exhibition at the opening today was visited by schoolchildren, teachers, members of the Christian community, priests from Bishop�s House, nuns from St Mary�s School, Little Flower School, VG Hospital, besides a huge number of general public. Nuns of the order of Mother Teresa came from far away centres like Bordumsa and Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh and also from Tinsukia and Jorhat.
Before the start of the exhibition, Vicar General of the Catholic diocese of Dibrugarh, Bishop�s House, Fr Joy Pallikunel spoke on the works of Mother Teresa and thanked the Indian Railways for organising the event. Mohim Swargiary, Assistant Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Power), Tinsukia Division, cut the ribbon to declare the exhibition open.
Deputy Commissioner GD Tripathi, Superintendent of Police Arabinda Kalita and Divisional Railway Manager, Tinsukia Division, Sanjay Mukherjee entered the exhibition coaches by organising a simple opening ceremony in the evening and people began to throng the train thereafter.