Rs 300 crore Cuttack Railway Station Redevelopment In Full Swing, Iconic Facility To Emerge As City Centre

  • The Rs 300 crore Cuttack station project will be developed with world-class facilities and aims at transforming passenger experience.

Work is being carried out round the clock at Cuttack station with the Indian Railways undertaking a major exercise to redevelop the railway station in Odisha with world-class amenities.

It is being developed at an estimated cost of over Rs 300 crore as part of the Amrit Bharat Station programme.

In a recent visit to the Cuttack station, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that the station will undergo redevelopment as a world-class facility, with a sanctioned budget of Rs 303 crore.

Vaishnaw also highlighted Indian Railways’ progress in Odisha, noting that 400 km of rail lines have been built this year alone, compared to a mere 50 km annually from 2009 to 2014.

The railway station has an important role in orchestrating a comprehensive transformation of passenger experience.

Station redevelopment work in progress.

Station redevelopment work in progress.

Echoing the sentiments expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi about stations serving as bridges between states, the Railway Minister said this station will evolve into a city centre for Cuttack.

The proposed station building in Cuttack will be iconic with modern amenities like food court, retail arcade, paid lounges and waiting halls.

Trains including Rajdhani, Duronto, Shatabdi and Vande Bharat besides mail/express services like Purushottam, Neelachal and Utkal Express stop at the Cuttack Station making it an important station in the Indian rail network.

The four-storeyed station building will have 20 elevators, 17 escalators and 16 door frame metal detectors besides 25 hand metal detectors and 16 baggage scanners in the new station.

The 108-m wide air concourse will have seating spaces, lounges, convenience stalls. There will be five retiring rooms and also dormitory facilities for male and female passengers.

Strengthening security, the entire station will be equipped with CCTV monitoring system, luggage scanner and access control. The aesthetically designed platforms will display real time train information system, and the entire area will be landscaped.

The station will have all facilities for persons with disabilities to make the rail premise Divyang-friendly.

In order to encourage electrical vehicle operation, there would be adequate parking space with facility of electrical car charging points at the parking bay.

The station would become an energy-efficient green building, with solar panels on the roof.

Special care has been given to set up an effluent treatment plant as part of the solid waste Management.

Cuttack is an old and historical city of the state and the facade of the station is expected to reflect it.