From Roha, SECAS II next moved to Mumbai. On the first day of its halt at Mumbai, a grand welcome of SECAS II was organised at Mumbai CST station, with Hon’ble Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu, welcoming the exhibition train through video conferencing. Shri Divakar Rawate, Transport Minister, Shri Raj Purohit, MLA, Shri D. K. Sharma, General Manager, CR, Shri Sanjay Udase, CPRO, CR, Shri Ravindra Goyal, DRM, Mumbai Division, Shri Dilip Surkar, Director, VASCSC, graced the occasion.
SECAS II halt at Mumbai was scheduled for four days. The last day of SECAS II halt at Mumbai turned out to be a historic day, with a total of 1,24,406 people visiting the train –the highest in a single day, in the entire journey of Science Express, since its launch in 2007. There was an unprecedented response of visitors, including students, teachers and general public, swarming the station, to see the exhibition train.
Mumbai turned out to be a landmark station with a total of 2.32 lakh people visiting SECAS II in four days –the highest for any stations in the current phase. Many other milestones were also achieved at Mumbai station. SECAS II crossed 17 lakh total visitors mark, 11 lakh general visitor’s mark and 1,500 participants in the Teachers Orientation Programme. Science Express, cumulative of all its phases (Phase I –IX) also crossed 17.4 million visitations.
The complementary activities in the Kids Zone, JOS Lab and Platform Activity received enthusiastic participation at Mumbai. SECAS II team conducted a Teachers Orientation Session for Primary School teachers and Higher Secondary teachers during all four days halt at Mumbai.
ENVIS-ICPE Centre, ENVIS –IITM, Pune, and BNHS-Mumbai extended their voluntary support in co-ordination of SECAS II activities at Mumbai. The incredible support was also received from the Central Railway, Railway Protection Force (RPF), General Railway Protection Force (GRPF) and the Maharashtra Police, for smooth functioning and management of visitors of SECAS II at Mumbai.
With this, the hectic, yet enthusiastic and successful halt of SECAS II at Mumbai came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Nasik in Maharashtra.