CM inaugurates Commonwealth Games exhibition on wheels
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Last Updated: Monday, September 06, 2010, 17:55
Panaji: Chief Minister Digambar Kamat inaugurated an exhibition on sports and Information Technology on board Commonwealth Games Express, a special train which arrived at Vasco this morning on its 75th day of the journey.

Highlighting the sporting achievements of all time great sportspersons in the country, the Commonwealth Games Express arrived to a rousing reception at the Vasco Station.

The train, modified into an exhibition-on-wheels, also lays emphasis on the sporting history of India, apart from highlighting the significance of Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Speaking on the occasion, Kamat complimented Department of Ministry of Communications, Information Technology and the Indian Railways for planning such an exhibition.

The students will make best use of this opportunity to learn about the IT and the Commonwealth games, he said.

While a section of the population is much aware of the significance of information and Technology, the larger section still does not have much clarity about it, Kamat said.

The more important fact is that they don't know how IT as a tool can change their lives, he added.

The Commonwealth Express is about bridging that knowledge gap, he said in a press release.

Kamat also visited the exhibition. This train consists of 11 coaches out of which five coaches have been allocated to Railway Sports Promotion Board and rest to Department of Information Technology.

The Divisional Railway Manager Shri Pravin Kumar Mishra said that the Indian Railways has always been promoting sports.

Now by endorsing ICT through the Commonwealth Express it has taken the initiative of spreading the essence of IT to citizens who are not yet exposed to opportunities that IT generates.

Officiating Chief Secretary Shri Narendra Kumar in his welcome speech expressed happiness on the arrival of the train and said that it will benefit the locals as well as students to learn more about the Commonwealth games and the Information Technology.

Vasco da Gama is the 36th stop-over on the special train's itinerary.

The train which has a 101 day long journey schedule and is planned to travel through 20 states, stopping at 49 major stations was flagged off by the Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee from the Safdarjung railway station in New Delhi on June 24, 2010.

The train stayed for one day in Goa.


First Published: Monday, September 06, 2010, 17:55

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