Everyone a work of art now

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The shuttles of the University of Chittagong no longer have the dull, faded blue color of the 1980s. They have each become works of art because a couple of German artists took the initiative to paint them in a wide range of colors and patterns.

CU shuttle Pimple Barua/Dhaka Grandstand

Some trainers depict the lush rice paddies of Bangladesh while others show the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger or the Jatiya Sangsad.

Lucas Gilinger and his wife Livia Gilinger are the German couple who embarked on the mission to give the 14 trains that are part of the CU shuttle service a new look.

CU shuttle trains with a new look Pimple Barua/Dhaka Grandstand

Lucas leads the artistic group RUSB in Germany and his wife is part of the group.

In a bid to spruce up the otherwise drab coaches, the duo approached Bangladesh Railways authorities and senior UC brass four months ago.

UC Registrar SM Monirul Hasan said they met the VC with a proposal to carry out the project with their own funds.

After reviewing the overall outlook, UC authorities granted them permission, he said.

They started working on July 22 and will continue until July 27, with the participation of students and teachers from the fine arts department.

Nearly 12,000 students travel regularly on the seven shuttle trains currently in daily service.


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About 42 years ago, the authorities launched the shuttle train service to facilitate the 22 km journey between Chittagong city and Hathazari Upazila, where CU is located.

CU shuttle Pimple Barua/Dhaka Grandstand

Chittagong Station Manager Abul Kalam Azad hopes the beautification of the coaches will allow students to fully enjoy train journeys.

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