The next halt for SECAS II was Dhule. SECAS II was welcomed by Hon’ble Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, through video conferencing. He addressed the students and general visitors and motivated them to visit the train and extract the maximum benefit from its halt at Dhule.
Dignitaries including Dr. Subhash Bhamare, Minister of State for Defence , M.P., Dhule, Shri R.K. Yadav, DRM, CR, Dr. Dilip Pandharpatte (IAS), Collector & District Magistrate, Dhule, Ms. Kalpana Sunil Mahale, Mayor, Dhule, along with other officials were present during the occasion.
Dhule was the new station added to the itenary of SECAS II and the exhibition train was scheduled there for one day. SECAS II received very good response from students as well as general visitors. Altogether during the day, over 36,000 people including students from 114 educational institutions visited SECAS II.
As a part of International Mangrove Day celebrations on 26th July, SECAS II team conducted different activities in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and at the Platform. SECAS II team briefed children about Mangroves and their importance and discussed about the role of Mangroves in reducing vulnerability to natural hazards. As a part of Platform Activity, the on-board team also held discussion with students on various topics like on ‘Mangroves and their Importance’, ‘Impact of Climate Change on Mangroves Ecosystem’ and the ‘Need to Conserve and Restore Mangrove’.
At Dhule, SECAS II crossed 18.5 lakh total visitors mark and 4 lakh students visitations- in the current phase.
With this, the successful halt of SECAS II at Dhule came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Akola in Maharashtra.