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Science train’s Mumbai stopover continues

Friday, May 27, 2011
By Priyal Dave

Mumbai youth participated in ‘go green’ voting on science train at CST

In a city, where finding empty roads is a rarity, there are Mumbaikars who still prefer to cycle in order to reduce their carbon footprint. This was inferred yesterday from the voting pattern observed in one of the interactive systems installed on the Science Express, positioned at platform number 12 at CST. On the first day of the exhibition, on Thursday, several visitors stated their preference for going green via the ‘What can I do’ voting machine.

While 169 visitors voted for using natural light and ventilation, 80 visitors voted for walking and cycling whenever possible and 78 voted for switching off lights and fans. While 89 visitors voted for using less plastic, until afternoon no one voted for using cloth bags for shopping. Writing on both sides of the paper received no support either. Planting at least one tree incurred a moderate response.

Surprisingly, in Mumbai where emphasis is placed on using public transport, only seven votes registered in its favour on the Science Express.

While an insight into the cumulative response on how Mumbai chooses to reduce its carbon footprint can be ascertained only after the end of the exhibition, the first day itself was surprising and entertaining.

Close to 200 people were registered to have visited the exhibition till yesterday afternoon. A majority of the visitors consisted of primary and secondary
standard students accompanied by parents, who were observed to be riveted by some of the other interactive systems like the ones which determine your age and weight on different planets.

Apart from the entertainment quotient, the exhibition also consists of around 300 large format visual images and 150 video clips ranging from a host of topics from the Big Bang theory to Nano Cosmos, the Universe and several others.

The 16 coach fully air-conditioned exhibition train is parked at platform number 12 at CST till May 29. It is open for public viewing between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Entry is free.


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