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Thursday, 11 July, 2019, 14 : 15 PM [IST]

Rail Ministry undertaking feasibility studies for station up gradation at pilgrim & tourist destinations: Goyal

The Ministry of Railways through various agencies is undertaking techno-economic feasibility studies of railway stations, said Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. Based on the outcome of these feasibility studies, stations are planned to be taken up for redevelopment in phases, especially the one located in major cities, pilgrimage centres and important tourist destinations.

The cost of station redevelopment project is to be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space in and around the stations. The railway stations are taken up for redevelopment based on financial viability. Presently, work of redevelopment is in progress at Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and Habibganj (Bhopal) stations. Contracts for redevelopment have been awarded for Gomtinagar, Charbagh (Lucknow) and Puducherry stations.

The facilities proposed in a redeveloped station include congestion free non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises, segregation of arrival/departure of passengers, adequate concourse without overcrowding, integration of both sides of the city wherever feasible, integration with other modes of transport systems e.g. bus, metro, etc., user-friendly international signage, well illuminated circulating area and sufficient provision for drop off, pick up and parking, etc.
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