110 world-class Indian Railways stations! Indian Railways to get a massive infrastructure boost like never before! In the coming years, as many as 110 railway stations across the country will be turned into swanky airport-like hubs.
In a recent interview with IE, Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, CEO and MD of the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) talked about the plans to redevelop 110 stations. According to Lohia, the redevelopment of railway stations does not mean just improving its lighting and façade, but complete transformation of railway stations with well-planned entry/exit points, segregated passenger movement and improved road accessibility, similar to airports. Here are 10 interesting things to know about Indian Railways’ big station redevelopment plan:
1) The railway stations under this project will be transformed into seamlessly connected hubs. Also, adequate waiting rooms will be provided for all classes of passengers and thus, no one will have to sleep on platforms.
2) The waiting rooms at the redeveloped stations will be built at a concourse above the platform which will have retail outlets. Passengers can go to the platform only five to ten minutes prior to their journey.
3) With the redevelopment, the stations will become much safer. They will be fully equipped with CCTVs.
4) Out of the 110 railway stations, 60 stations are being transformed by IRSDC while the rest of the 50 stations are being redeveloped by the Railway Land Redevelopment Authority (RLDA).