Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for 508 stations across the country on August 6, 2023. The cost of redevelopment of these 508 stations is more than INR 25,000 crores.
The Ministry of Railways has introduced a new policy called “Amrit Bharat Station” program. Under this plan, a total of 1309 stations will be redeveloped towards modernity. The aim of this program is to provide world-class amenities to passengers and enhance their overall travel experience.
This plan includes the preparation of a Master Plan for each station, considering long-term requirements and passenger needs. This will ensure that the modernization process is efficient and tailored to the specific needs of each station.
Prime Minister laid the foundation for the redevelopment of 508 stations @narendramodi Ji is a monumental initiative.
With the ‘Amrit Bharat Station Plan’, Modi Ji is making the Indian railways a cradle of change, shaping the destiny of our country.… pic.twitter.com/HyRZej1cFx
– Amit Shah (@AmitShah)
August 6, 2023
According to the PIB, the overall goals of the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme are:
- Prepare Master Plans for railway stations and implement them in phases to improve facilities, including Minimum Essential Facilities (MEA).
- Towards the formation of Roof Plazas and city centers at stations in the long term.
- Prioritize stakeholder needs and research station usage based on available funding.
- To introduce new amenities and to upgrade or replace existing ones.
- To cover the stations, an economic-technical feasibility study was conducted.
- Focus on implementing the Master Plan in each phase, especially focusing on relocation of works and utilities when necessary.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
August 6, 2023
The scope of work under the Amrit Bharat Station program includes:
- Improve structure and create cost-effective entryway porches.
- Efficiently relocate old buildings to create space for priority passenger activities and future growth.
- Minimize new building construction, except for necessary relocation or renovation.
- Provide combined lounges and fine dining/retail facilities where possible.
- Allocate space for at least two booths for “One Product One Station”.
- Create space for the Executive Lounge and small business meeting areas.
- Install aesthetically designed signs (signs) to display important information.
- Improved station access with widened roads, proper signage, pedestrian walkways, parking areas and better lighting.
- Combine landscapes, greenery, art and local culture to enhance the experience at the station.
- Installation of high-grade platforms and non-ballast tracks on platform tracks and train maintenance facilities.
- Ensure proper drainage of the substrate areas with a self-cleaning drainage system with an aesthetically designed lid.
- Cover cables in aesthetically designed conduits with provisions for future cables.
- Provide free WiFi access at the station and reserve space for 5G towers.
- Use materials that are durable, dustproof and low-maintenance.
- Plan to buy more durable and comfortable furniture in lounges, platforms, retirement rooms, and offices.
- Implement well-designed and conspicuous signs to find your way around and improve the public announcement system.
- Install escalators at certain types of stations, regardless of step level.
- Provide facilities for Divyangjan (disabled person) as instructed by the Railway Board.
- Raise the ceremonial flags at appropriate locations in the station.
- Use LED-based station nameplates with good visibility for passing trains.
- Provide a sufficient number of designated toilets for women and Divyangjan.
Of the 508 stations that have begun redevelopment, 48 are in Bihar, 31 are in Assam and 18 are in Andhra Pradesh.
AN Road, Lakhminia, Salauna, Kahalgaon, Naugachia, Pirpainti, Sultanganj, Ara, Bihiya, Dumraon, Raghunathpur, Darbhanga Intersection, Gaya Intersection, Paharpur, Jamui, Simultala, Jehanabad, Bhabua Road, Durgauti, Kudra, Barsoi Intersection, Khagaria Intersection, Mansi Intersection, Kishanganj, Thakurganj, Jaynagar, Madhubani, Sakri, Jamalpur Intersection, Dholi, Muzaffarpur Intersection, Ram Dayalu Nagar, Bihar Sharif, Rajgir, Narkatiaganj, Sagauli, Bakhtiyarpur, Barh, Fatuha, Tapudhamregna, Bapudhamregna Motihari, Banmankhi, Sasaram, Saharsa, Dalsingh Sarai, Samastipur, Sonpur Interchange, Sitamarhi and Hajipur Interchange.
New Bongaigaon Intersection, Arunachal, Dhubri, Gauripur, Dibrugarh, Duliajan, Naharkatiya, Namrup, New Halflong, Sarupathar, Lumding Intersection, Jorhat Town, Mariani, Narangi, Rangiya Intersection, Diphu, New Karimganj Intersection, Fakiragram Intersection , Gossaigaon Hat, Kokrajhar, Jagi Road, Chaparmukh, Hojai, Lanka, Amguri, Sibsagar Town, Simlaguri, Rangapara North Interchange, Makum Intersection, Margherita, New Tinsukia and Tinsukia.
Intersection Kakinada Town, Tuni, Pidugulla, Repalle, Tenali, Kurnool City, Donakonda, Ongole, Singaraykonda, Palasa, Anakapalle, Duvvada, Vizianagaram Interchange, Bhimavaram Town, Eluru, Narasapur, Nidadavolu and Tadepalligudem Intersection.
With this important step towards progress and better infrastructure, passengers can expect improved facilities and services at railway stations across the country. The Amrit Bharat station scheme aims to create a comfortable and convenient space for travellers, making their journey more enjoyable and hassle-free.
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