HYDERABAD: Remember the first time you saw Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾, a fictional train platform located at King’s Cross Station in London, in the film franchise? What an intriguing experience that was, watching a dream-like railway station! Though none of us ever received our letters of acceptance to Hogwarts, we have for sure dreamt of a day when our railway stations will finally start looking half as pretty as the ones they have.
While the condition of most railway stations across the country continues to remain pathetic, Poodoor station in Jogulamba-Gadwal district is leading by example with immaculate greenery spread all over its open space. Thanks to the efforts of officials and staffers in ensuring the overall maintenance of the premises, Poodoor has been declared a ‘model railway station’ by the authorities concerned.
Located about 200 km away from the capital city, Poodoor station falls between Gadwal and Itikyala, about 50 km from AP border (near Kurnool). Unlike its counterparts in other places across the country, Poodoor railway station is indeed a dream-like one with all necessary basic facilities and lush green plants dotting the entire premises. One of the most impressive features is the fact that all of this was possible as a result of the team effort by officials and staffers, who placed maintenance of the station as their top priority. With around 700 to 800 plants, mostly fruit-bearing and flowering ones, the green expanse on and around the station premises enchants anyone who visits.
Following the recent visit of South Central Railway General Manager Gajanan Mallya, the station was put on the map and attracted national-level attention. Besides greenery, the colourful Cheriyal paintings on the main building too are a feast for the eyes. “With a keen interest to increase the green cover, we continued to plant various varieties of saplings, some bought from nearby nurseries and the other from Gadwal. Our own personal contribution also paved the way for increasing the greenery,” says Bhageerath Meena, superintendent of the station.
This station, which sees just about 100 passengers daily, has also carved an image of its own with the provision of green energy sources for both pumping water and lighting up the entire premises. Though the trees provide adequate shade to passengers, the station also has well-maintained waiting rooms, convenient and well-lit circulating area with adequate parking space and basic requirements for differently-abled passengers. The 1.7 kilowatts peak (kWp) solar water pump served by the solar panel system (1,350-kWp capacity) meets all water requirements at the station. Importantly, the solar pump is operated through a mobile app, eliminating the need for physical intervention. In recent years, the locals and people from nearby villages have increasingly found this station to be a place for respite. During his visit, Mallya also lauded the commitment of the team for the upkeep of manual records and registers with effective use of colour code.