The first NGO to ever get government approval to take over an Indian rail station has got the world buzzing, as volunteers mobilized by Die Hard Indian cleaned and decorated the notoriously unkempt Sion Station – located right next to Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums.
Die Hard Indian is the brainchild of engineer Gaurang Damani who has managed to mobilize 600 volunteers from local community, from businesses to students, to pitch into beautifying the station. Meanwhile, the NGO has also managed to get the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to commit to the upkeep and maintenance of the newly-colorful and noticeably green station.
Their work in Sion follows the success of a similar project at King’s Circle Station, and now the civic group has taken on Mahim Station. Importantly, Die Hard Indian make sure to hang signs to educate and encourage commuters to keep the stations clean as part of their campaign to improve the transit experience in India, as well as installing hundreds of waste bins.
Established in 2000, Die Hard Indian’s web portal is the first in the country dedicated to educating and improving citizen relationship with the government, providing useful facts, figures and guides to important services and bureaucratic processes.