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Nine major global and domestic companies are in the race to bag the project. (Photo: @PiyushGoyal)

New Delhi Railway station to get a ‘world-class makeover’

Redevelopment of New Delhi railway station has been taken up on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. The cost of the project is estimated to be around ₹ 5000 crores, the Ministry of Railways said.

“The facilities proposed include congestion-free non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises, segregation of arrival/departure of passengers, adequate concourse area without overcrowding, integration of both sides of the city, integration with other modes of transport systems e.g. Bus, Metro, etc., user-friendly international signage, well illuminated circulating area and sufficient provision for drop off, pick up & parking etc. Request for Qualification (RFQ) has been opened on February 2, 2021,” according to the press release by the ministry.

Station redevelopment is planned by leveraging real estate potential of sparable land and air space in and around stations, inviting private participation.

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The information was given by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Nine major global and domestic companies including GMR Highways, Adani Railways and realtor Omaxe are in the race to bag the redevelopment project of New Delhi Railway Station.

For this, Railway conducts techno-economic feasibility studies of stations across the country. Based on the outcome of these feasibility studies, stations are taken up for redevelopment in phases.

Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, New Bhuj, Sabarmati, Surat and Udhna railway stations have been identified for redevelopment in the State of Gujarat. Works are at an advanced stage of completion at Gandhinagar, the ministry said.

The release by the ministry further said, “RFQ has been finalized for Sabarmati station. RFQ for Surat and Udhna stations have been submitted to the Public-Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC), Ministry of Finance, for appraisal. Detailed Project Report for Ahmedabad and New Bhuj are at various stages of preparation.”

The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) will be responsible for executing the revamp project of the New Delhi Railway Station.

As per media reports, the Master Plan area is approximately 120 hectares, out of which 88 hectares is being planned in Phase 1 (the Project). The project includes the station component, the new terminal building, along with amenities, railway offices, railway quarters, and ancillary railway works and station estate including retail spaces adjoining the station, commercial office space, hotels, and residential space.

As per reports in media, the station will have dome-shaped terminal buildings with two arrivals and two departures at the concourse level, two Multi-Modal Transport Hubs (MMTH) on each side of the station, 40-floor high rise twin towers and a pedestrian boulevard with high street shopping.