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Until a few months ago, Anna Nagar railway station exemplified dereliction. Platforms were strewn with garbage. Bovines were lounging around the ticket counters. There were clumps of dung, creating a nauseating atmosphere.
In the last four weeks, there has been a slow but steady change. It all began with the intervention of the architecture students of Da Vinci School of Architecture.
A competition by NASA (National Association for Students of Architecture), which asked students to take up an abandoned urban space and transform it into a space ideal to have a gathering, inspired these students to take up this initiative.
Their search for such a space led them to the abandoned Anna Nagar railway station, which was part of the extended arm of the Chennai suburban network connecting Anna Nagar and Chennai beach via Villivakkam. This service was being operated until 2007 when the service came to a temporary halt due to the construction of a level crossing at Padi junction. The services didn’t resume, and the station became a haven for anti-social elements.
On receiving the green signal from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the youngsters began to breath life into the public facility.
In the first two weeks, the students cleared the platforms of garbage. With the help of earthmover operators, they cleared a copse of trees uprooted during Vardah.
“Next on the agenda is creating a park opposite the station, and ‘recycle’ will be the keyword,” says Varun Varshan, one of the students in the team, explaining that the uprooted tree trunks will be sliced and used as pathways; plastic barrels and tins will be transformed into vibrant outdoor seating; old tyres will be upcycled as swings.
“The idea is to be eco-friendly and economical,” he says.
The team of 12 members bankrolled the project, digging into their own pockets. They managed to collect around Rs. 25,000 for the initial rounds of cleaning, levelling and purchase of material.
They have approached the railway officials for electricity and water facilities as the public take this route for evening walks but lack of sufficient illumination raises concern over safety.
Setting up an amphitheatre and painting the walls of the ticket counter are also in the pipeline. For these works, they would need funds.
“The positive response from the public has been uplifting and we are happy that our first hands-on experience is a communal work.
We feel it is our civic duty to create a usable public space. But our dreams are just halfway through due to lack of financial backing,” says Vaishnavi Janakiraman, another team member.
For details, contact Varun Varshan at 9566242568.
This article first appeared on www.thehindu.com
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