Currently trending viral on social media platforms is a picture of a wooden bench divided by Maharashtra and Gujarat’s border at Navapur railway station. Grabbing netizens eyeballs, the picture shows the unique railway station at the Taluka Headquarter in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, not belonging to either state. Also Read - Pani Puri Wending Machine Viral: Dispensing Golgappe And Maintaining Hygiene Amid CoronaVirus is OG Innovation!
Though the topic has amused many in the past with even Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeting about it being, “Separated by States, United by Railways” in 2018, it made came to the surface again after a Twitter user shared it and others took to their respective handles on the micro-blogging site to debate yet again whether Navapur Railway Station belongs to Maharashtra or Gujarat. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: State Records 5,368 New Cases; Death Toll Breaches 9,000 Mark
The viral pictures show the two state’s border cutting right through this station, including its wooden bench on one of the platforms. Interestingly, since alcohol is banned in Gujarat while pan masala and gutka are banned in Maharashtrathe, the implementation of laws on either side of the 800 metre station, with 500 metres in Gujarat and 300 metres in Maharashtra, are different.
The user who brought back the debate, wrote, “This is the unique station, Navapur on @WesternRly, where the border between Maharashtra and Gujarat cuts right through this station, including this wooden bench on the platform. On a lighter vein, possession of liquor is legal on one side of this bench! (sic)”. Another shared humourously, “I have worked at Sanjan east of it comes in MH & west in Gujarat. I stayed in Gujarat side. If i wanted beer i had to cross over to east to have it. Also fafda jalebi on west side & crossed over on east side to have vada pav (sic).”
Check out Twitter’s reaction on the news here:
While the announcements at the station are made in English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages, another unusual thing is that the the station master’s office, waiting room and washrooms are in Gujarat’s Tapi district but the ticket counter and police station are in Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district at Navapur Railway Station.