NEW DELHI: The National Rail Museum will start hosting a light and sound show and install musical fountains to attract more footfalls and turn the place into an evening tourist destination.
The railways aim to make the National Railway Museum a major tourist attraction for both children and adults.
Besides, a solar powered multi-functional museum complex will come up and a restaurant named The Rails would be set up. The complex will also have free WiFi service.
National Railway Museum currently has about 2,000 footfalls on weekdays and 5,000 on weekends and holidays during daytime.
The aim is to make it a major tourist attraction for both children and adults by adding many more attractions.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu had announced in his 2016-17 budget that promotion of tourism will be undertaken through rail museums and UNESCO World Heritage Railway sites across the country.
There is ample open space available at National Railway Museum which will be utilized for a light and sound show to depict Indian Railway’s rich history and heritage.
IRCTC, the railways’ tourism and catering wing, has been entrusted with the task of installing and operating the light and sound show and also the restaurant.
National Railway Museum has been recently upgraded with installation of many historical outdoor exhibits, indoor gallery, coach/engine simulator, toy train ride, fountain and souvenir shops.
Further, operationalising the restaurant will add immense value to National Railway Museum and free WiFi service will be provided at the provide for which RelTel has already been approached for it.
Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) has been given the responsibility of preparing the preliminary design of the multi-functional complex at NRM. The complex will be green and environment friendly with provision of solar energy.