A team of 30 students from various colleges to put up murals and create graffiti at the station.
A group of 30 students from across the city are working towards giving the Matunga Road station an appealing look. The station will soon sport murals and graffiti.
The beautification project is an initiative by MAD (Make a Difference), a voluntary organisation mostly comprising students from various disciplines from city colleges.
Headed by 47-year-old Haresh Shah, a teacher by profession, the group has so far painted the staircase and the ticket window. They plan to put up murals on different themes along the ramp by Saturday.
“We need things to brighten up our mood in the mad rush to reach work amid the Mumbai crowd. The project started as a voluntary exercise with a bunch of students and some donations. We are getting a lot of appreciation from commuters for this work,” said Shah, founder of MAD.
Art and architecture students have designed the wallpapers which will depict popular spots in Matunga like the Ruparel College and Kashi Vishweshvar temple. Some other vinyl murals will have visuals portraying festivals of India and carry social messages on hygiene and ‘save the girl child’.
Students from other disciplines such as engineering and commerce are contributing with painting and pasting vinyl.
“We set out with the basic idea of creating a visually pleasing station where people forget all their worries for a while. All our designs are themed around local interests and culture,” said Sapna Chhapia, a third-year student from Rachna Sansad College of Architecture.
The group also has plans to beautify Borivali station and are awaiting permission from railway authorities. “We are planning to expand the project slowly as funds come in. Vacations are about to start and students will get some more time to work on this,” said Shah.
Students said that the project is making them increasingly aware of the need to maintain their surroundings. “Some of us who earlier littered here will now think twice because we know what it takes to keep the place clean,” said Vatsal Shah, a third-year engineering student from Vidyalankar Institute of Technology.
Rachna Shetty, who commutes to Matunga daily for work, said the staircase looks pleasant. “All stations in the city should undergo such a makeover.”
Western Railway PRO Narendra Patil termed the project a welcome move. “We are happy that students have decided to help the railways in keeping the stations clean and beautiful. Such initiatives will spread the message of Swachh Bharat.”