New Delhi, Sep 28 (Agency) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved Railways’ proposal for redevelopment of 3 major railway stations- New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai- with an approximate total investment of nearly Rs 10,000 crore. “Prime Minster Narendra Modi has given importance to stations development in the transformation of Railways. Today’s Cabinet decision gives a new direction to the station development. Work on redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on,” a Cabinet statement said.
Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and design for the remaining is underway. Work is progressing fast for 32 stations, the statement added. As per the proposal, every station will have a spacious roof plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities. Both sides of the city will be connected with the station, with the station building on both sides of Railway tracks. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children, place for local products, etc will be available. The stations located within the city will have a city center like place. To make the stations comfortable, there will be proper illumination, way finding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/ travelators. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.
There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc. Green Building Techniques will be used, with solar energy, water conservation/recycling and improved tree cover. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang friendly facilities. These stations will be developed on the concept of intelligent building. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, Clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms. The stations will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.