Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal has said that redevelopment of railway stations across the country is a priority agenda of his Ministry. He said that this agenda is being driven with full force by the Government with the participation of private players as a part of PPP projects. As part of this agenda, work on the redevelopment of 123 stations is in progress. As per current estimates, the total investment needed for the redevelopment of 123 stations along with real estate development is about 50 thousand crore rupees. Reviewing the progress of Habibganj and Gandhinagar Railway station. yesterday, Mr Goyal appreciated the work being done for the redevelopment of these Railway Stations with facilities at par with Airports and as Multi-Modal Hubs and commercial development harmonious with the city development. Habibganj Railway Station is being redeveloped under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The redeveloped station will have features like ‘segregation of passengers based on arrivals and departures’ leading to congestion-free movement at Concourse and Platforms. The station will have the latest Safety, Security and Information features. Gandhinagar Railway Station is being developed by Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development(GARUD). The project is the first of its kind in India with an exclusive 5-star Hotel Building over Live Railway Tracks. The station has been redeveloped with all modern amenities for a better passenger experience. At present, works for the redevelopment of stations have been initiated including in Nagpur, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Ajni stations in Maharashtra, Habibganj and Gwalior Stations in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhinagar and Sabarmati station in Gujarat, Ayodhya and Gomti Nagar stations in Uttar Pradesh and Safdarjung and New Delhi stations in Delhi. (AIR)
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