PM Modi to launch revamp of 508 railway stations spread across country at Rs.24,470 cr
On Sunday, August 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations across the country worth Rs.24,470 crore, keeping in focus to enhance the experience of passengers.
Sharing the details of the historic initiative, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, “Improving passenger experience is a major focus of our government.”
The Railway Minister said, “Our Prime minister is personally monitoring the progress of Railways from time to time and he has given excellent inputs in the design of stations. He will be laying the foundation for the redevelopment of 508 stations across the country.”
Vaishnaw said that railways have kept a target of completing the redevelopment project in a time of two years.
The Railway Ministry, meanwhile, said that the Prime Minister has often laid stress on the provision of state-of-the-art public transport.
Noting that railways is the preferred mode of transport for people across the country, he has emphasized the importance of providing world-class amenities at railway stations.
“Guided by this vision, the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme was launched to redevelop 1309 stations across the country,” the Ministry said.
As part of this scheme, the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 stations is being laid by the Prime Minister via video conferencing.
These stations will be redeveloped at a cost of more than Rs.24,470 crore and the work is expected to be complete in two years.
The Ministry said that master plans are being prepared for the development of these stations as ‘City Centres’, with proper integration of both sides of the city.
“This integrated approach is driven by the holistic vision of overall urban development of the city, centered around the railway station,” the ministry said.
“These 508 stations are spread across 27 states and union territories, including 55 each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 49 in Bihar, 44 in Maharashtra, 37 in West Bengal, 34 in Madhya Pradesh, 32 in Assam, 25 in Odisha, 22 in Punjab, 21 each in Gujarat and Telangana, 20 in Jharkhand, 18 each in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 15 in Haryana, 13 in Karnataka among others,” it said.
The redevelopment will provide modern passenger amenities along with ensuring well-designed traffic circulation, inter-modal integration, and well-designed signage for the guidance of passengers. The design of the station buildings will be inspired by local culture, heritage, and architecture, the Ministry said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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