- Luxury facilities will be available from the package of thousands of crores
- The stations will be equipped with rooftop plazas. These will have shopping centers and restaurants.
- Indian Railways has prepared the blueprint, the necessary funds are ready
Indian Railways: Indian Railways always takes care of the facilities of its passengers. For this he is constantly trying hard. In this episode, railways can convert more than 40 railway stations into malls for the rejuvenation of stations. For this, the Railways is preparing a package of 17,500 crores. With this amount, the stations will be rejuvenated in such a way that they will look like mini malls in the coming time. These stations will be equipped with rooftop plazas. These will have shopping centres, food courts and restaurants. A blueprint has been prepared for this.
This time the Railways has prepared the necessary funds before rolling the ball. The government has sanctioned Rs 17,500 crore (Rs 12,000 crore in the supplementary budget for 2021-22 and Rs 5,500 crore in the 2022-23 budget) for the modernization of 46 stations in the first phase. Railways plans to redevelop 300 more stations out of the country’s total of 9,274 (as of March 2020) in a later phase.
What was mentioned in the blueprint?
According to media reports, the railways stated in the blueprint that many stations will be connected by elevated road and some stations will have a space above the track and hotel rooms with air concourse, food court and other facilities. For example Gaya station in Bihar may have a separate mall for pilgrims. Similarly, there will be a dozen peaks representing 12 Jyotirlingas on the roof of the station at Somnath. Some stations have been given funds for similar rejuvenation.
Rs 61 crore has been allocated for Kanyakumari and Rs 91 crore for Nellore, while Rs 960 crore has been allocated for Prayagraj and Rs 842 crore for major stations like Chennai. This blueprint is not only for modernization of railways. Rather, this plan also gives this indication. That’s how the Ministry of Railways looks at public and private partnerships. Railway administration sources say that now funds are being spent on developing only the core stations area. After that part is built in the next two to three years, it will invite bids from private companies to develop more real estate in the surrounding areas.
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