Iconic Week Celebrations of ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’
The Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board, Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi, today inaugurated the Iconic Week Celebrations of the ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’ at Rail Bhawan. The Indian Railways will organize a week-long celebration from 18th to 23rd July to commemorate 75 identified stations and 27 trains that have played an important role in the freedom struggle.
According to Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi, “As a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations will be held during this week called Iconic Week to showcase the convergence of the values and glory of the freedom struggle of the past with the aspirations and dreams of a young, new and iconic India. A milestone function will be held on 23rd July 2022 to culminate this week’s activities.”
This Iconic Week celebration focuses on both railway stations and trains of historical significance. In order to accomplish this, 75 railway stations have been designated as Freedom Stations and 27 trains as Spot Lighting Stations. In addition to lighting up and decorating the 75 stations in 24 states, events such as Nukkad Natak in the local language, light and sound shows, displays of video films / patriotic songs, etc will be held to increase the reach of Janbhagidari. During the entire iconic week of events, a Photo Exhibition and Selfie Point will be set up in the backdrop of ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi’ in these station premises. Families of Freedom Fighters from the respective localities will be invited to share their stories at the stations on the day of the Milestone Function in Delhi on 23rd July 22.
A total of 27 identified trains will be flagged off by the family members of Freedom Fighters from the originating stations as part of the Spot Lighting of Trains program. For the benefit of our citizens, particularly the younger generation, these trains will be appropriately decorated, and historical facts will be presented about them.
This year’s Iconic Week Celebration is expected to have a significant impact across the nation and will become more vibrant as the Freedom Stations & Spotlight Trains ignite the patriotic spirit in the minds of the travelling public and the general public.