The Indian Railways aim to invest Rs 12,000 crore to rebuild important railway stations throughout the nation as part of a big effort to improve passenger facilities.
Six stations from the Southern Railway, which includes the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry, have been picked out of the 21 stations identified in the first phase.
A proposal for the introduction of “major up-gradation of Railway Stations on Indian Railways” costing 12,000 crores under the heading of “Passenger Amenities” would be processed for inclusion in the supplementary budget for the year 2021-22 after reviewing the ongoing modernization works of railway stations.
The Master Plans for the stations that will be included in the major upgrading program was created by the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA).
While a detailed note on the scope of work will be communicated shortly after the scheme is notified under the Umbrella Work of the Supplementary Budget, 2021-22, General Managers of eight Zonal Railways have been instructed to begin preliminary work nomination and prepare a draught for inviting tenders.
In the first phase of the Southern Railway project, Madurai, Rameswaram, and Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu; Ernakulam and Kollam in Kerala; and Puducherry stations have been selected.
Tirupati and Nellore (South Central Railway), Surat (Western Railway), Gandhi Nagar, Jaipur, and Udaipur (North Western Railway), Pragyaraj, and Kanpur (North Central Railway), and Ghaziabad and Lucknow (Northern Railway) are among the other notable stations.
The railways have a total of 7,325 stations and a total track length of 99,235 kilometers. In recent years, many of these stations have been constructed with contemporary facilities under schemes including “World Class Stations,” “Multi-Functional Complexes,” “Adarsh Stations,” and the “Touch and Feel” Scheme.