Budget 2021 for Railways: Status check of station redevelopment! Indian Railways to boast world-class stations

Railway Budget 2021: In the coming years, Indian Railways will boast several world-class railway stations across the country! The Union Budget 2021 is expected to give a boost to the railway infrastructure as Indian Railways is considered to be the lifeline of the nation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national transporter suffered a huge loss. Despite the coronavirus crisis, Indian Railways continued to provide various passenger-friendly services by introducing several special trains, providing covid-safety services, etc. Also, during the pandemic, work on the station redevelopment project continued. The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) is working on the redevelopment of the country’s first two airport-like world-class railway stations- Habibganj and Gandhinagar stations.

The redeveloped Habibganj station will boast a glass dome-like structure at the entrance. There will be a dedicated concourse area with airport-like retail outlets along with food cafeterias. Once the renovation work is over, the Habibganj station in Bhopal will have a plush waiting lounge and modern toilets.

Besides, there will be refurbished, world-class interiors with a museum, gaming zones in the station. The station will have a ‘green building’ and will support LED lighting that is energy-efficient as well as a wastewater treatment plant for reuse.

For the Habibganj station redevelopment, which is being revamped on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg station, the IRSDC is implementing the project on the PPP model along with the Bansal Group.

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