Talking Modern: Railway Stations To Get The ‘Airport Look’ As Centre Proposes To Redevelop Entire Infrastructure
Indian Railways will redevelop 50 railway stations across the country in 2019 with an investment of Rs 7,500 crore, reports Hindustan Times (HT).
New facilities like separate arrival and departure areas like at airports to improve security and passenger flow management will be part of the modernisation plan.
At most of the major stations, arrivals and departures will be separate. However, stations where there is not much crowd, the existing system will be in place,’’ said Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) managing director S K Lohia.
“Depending on the space, we will decide whether arrival and departure will be segregated by different levels or through partition at the same level,” he added.
While work on railway stations at Gandhinagar, Habibganj, Charbagh and Gomtinagar stations are expected to be completed by March 2019, the company has already awarded work for another 43 stations.
IRSDC also plans to call tenders for the redevelopment of stations at Nagpur, Baiyappanhalli, Amritsar, Gwalior, Sabarmati, and Thakurli.
Wi-fi At Stations
While Indian Railways, in collaboration with Google, now offers free public WiFi service at more than 700 stations across the country, it has roped in Tata Group to provide WiFi facility at another 4,000 stations across India free of cost.
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