Days after a bridge in Mumbai collapsed on a railway track, the railways on 12 July 2018 launched its first consolidated Bridge Management System (IR-BMS), a web-enabled IT application to store data on its 1.5 lakh bridges. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on 12 July 2018 launched BMS for “meaningful assimilation, analysis, and dissemination of information related to various activities.
The web-based platform will show the bridge master data, works data, information regarding inspection/monitoring and maintenance of the bridges and other essentials. Goyal at the launch also felicitated artists whose work at seven railway stations across the country won them the top prize in the national transporter’s in-house station beautification contest. This innovative competition was organized among zonal railways in December 2017.
Gandhidham station of the Western Railway, Kota station of the West Central Railway and Secunderabad station of the South Central Railway were joint winners of the third prize. Goyal felicitated the artists who participated in this initiative by giving them cash awards and appreciation certificates. The initiative involved wall art of paint and graffiti or local arts with the participation of local artists, private groups, and volunteers.
The entries were evaluated on the basis of a number of criteria, including a depiction of local subjects, culture, themes, the overall harmony of art with the station colors, type of art form used, and quality of work done. As a token of appreciation, the prize-winning entries were awarded cash rewards Rs 10 lakh for the first prize, Rs 5 lakh for the second prize and Rs 3 lakh for the third prize.