India now has Happiness Junction for railways passengers. This junction provides passengers with plenty of facilities for all age groups and it draws its inspiration from the Gross National Happiness (GNH) idea of Bhutan.
Sonpur Junction in Saran district, which hosts Asia’s biggest cattle fair, aims to make the passengers happy during their brief halt by providing them with a variety of facilities and a chance to perform charity.
To spend time waiting for trains, facilities such as television programmes, books, journals and newspapers have been arranged for passengers. A dedicated “kids’ zone” has been made at the platform for the children.
According to station authority, the idea is to get the waiting passengers engaged in constructive and cultural activities so that they don’t feel bored while waiting for trains and leave the station on a cheerful note.
A main attraction of the station is “goodwill wall”, which provides the passengers with the opportunity to do welfare of humanity. Here the passengers can leave something, such as old clothes, bags, towels, handkerchiefs, water bottles, etc. which they think are “useless” to them and take away anything which they find useful.
Some passengers on board have suggested for basic medical faculties to serve sick passengers in case of emergency.