New Delhi, October 2: As the entire India contributes paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, national carrier Air India made its contribution by painting ‘Bapu’s image on an Airbus A320 aircraft. Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the 11 ft x 4.9 ft Mahatma Gandhi image is depicted on the tail of the aircraft.
The aircraft was painted at the airline’s hangar based at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). The airline will operate this aircraft between Mumbai and Delhi on Wednesday and its first flight for the day is expected to take off from Delhi at around 1pm. After landing at Mumbai at around 3.30pm, the aircraft will continue with its scheduled departures.
Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said, “By having one aircraft permanently painted with Mahatma Gandhi’s image, the national carrier has gone a step ahead in paying tribute to him on his 150th jayanti.” He added, “The entire work has been done by in-house (by the airline’s maintenance team of A320) after taking all the required approvals had been taken.”
The Indian Railways is also celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation by painting his picture on its diesel locomotives. It has been done by the Central Railways zone. Mahatma Gandhi’s photo has been painted in the backdrop of the national flag and the work started around two months ago. In all, 22 locomotives have been painted.
The master craftsman and painter Chintan Donde, is leading a team in painting the locomotives at the diesel loco shed in Kalyan. He was quoted by media as saying, “Mahatma Gandhiji or Bapu is the Father of the Nation who gave us the concept of Swachhata and “Ahimsa”. Through these paintings, We, on behalf of Central Railway, have paid tribute to the Mahatma.”
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that provides security to various airports and other vital installations in the country, held a clean-up drive in Mumbai’s Juhu beach as part of the government’s “swacch bharat” initiative.