Bhopal railway station among 23 in country selected for re-development

Elevators, escalators, electronic signage, holding area proposed

BHOPAL: Bhopal railway station is the only station under West Central Railways to be earmarked for development by Indian Railways under phase-I of an ambitious project of re-developing 400 main railway stations across the country. In this connection, 7.03 acre land has been identified for commercial development at Bhopal station. The cost of the project is around Rs 75 crore.

Indian Railways, on the basis of detailed evaluation and market feedback, has given priority to 23 railway stations for phase-I. Besides, Bhopal, these railway stations include Allahabad, Bandra Terminal, Bengaluru Cantt., Boriwali, Chennai Central, Faridabad, Haora, Indore, Jammutavi, Kamakhya, Kanpur Central, Kozikhode, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Pune, Ranchi, Secuderabad, Mane, Udaipur City, Vijayvada, Vishakhapatnam and Yashwantpur.

Indian Railways is making a scheme to launch an ambitious project of re-developing 400 main stations. The development on these stations would be done through Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) mode. The development on these stations would include providing facilities of digital signage, escalator/elevator, automatic ticket counter, exclusive lounge, luggage screening machine, holding area for passengers, grand roofing and flooring, free and paid Wi-Fi facility.

 More than 100 cities across the country are included under the project and it would benefit more than 1.60 crore passengers on daily basis. Under the project, private developers will be given more than around 2200 acre of prime land for a period of 45 years on lease basis. It would lead to additional income to the Indian railways, which would be invested in safety and development projects.

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