Three important railway stations will be modernized that the Centre approves a Rs 10,000 crore re-development project. The proposal for the reconstruction of three significant railway stations, namely New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and CSMT Mumbai, was approved by the Union Cabinet, which is presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The stations would be outfitted with contemporary infrastructure and enhanced facilities to handle considerable foot traffic of passengers, with an estimated total cost of close to Rs 10,000 crore.
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Green building techniques will be used to redesign these stations, incorporating solar power, water conservation/recycling, and increased tree cover. Along with other things, they will be integrated with other forms of transit like the bus and the metro. A large roof plaza with all passenger amenities in one location, as well as areas for shops, cafeterias, and recreation centres, will also be part of the design.
Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated during a news conference that the New Delhi railway station will integrate train services with bus, auto, and metro rail services. According to him, the Modera Sun Temple served as the inspiration for the makeover of the Ahmedabad railway station. The historic CSMT building won’t be altered, but neighbouring buildings will be transformed.
The Minister stated that the redevelopment of the CSMT, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi train stations will take between two and three years. Vaishnaw added that 199 additional railway stations have already begun to undergo reconstruction, and that the initial phase of the project focused on the stations with an annual footfall of at least 50 lakh.
“Within the next ten days, the tender for the renovation of the New Delhi, CSMT, and Ahmedabad train stations will be released. The rehabilitation of 199 stations, including these three key stations, will cost a total of Rs 60,000 crores, according to Vaishnaw.
Vaishnaw added that the stations will be built using the idea of an intelligent building and that special attention will be paid to providing Divyang-friendly amenities. The platforms will be fully enclosed, uncluttered, and segregated for arrivals and departures. With the installation of CCTV and access control, the stations will be secure. These station buildings will be recognisable once finished, he claimed.