Published on : Monday, March 5, 2018
Indian Railways will revamp seven railway stations in West Indian city- Mumbai, Maharashtra which include the restoration and upgradation of infrastructural facilities, redeveloping entry and exit points, decongesting booking offices and construction of elevated decks.
It is an effort to redevelop the 17 railways stations across the country, the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) will be revamping three suburban railway stations in the city. Those currently included in the list are Mumbai Central and Bandra stations, while the third station is yet to be identified.
In the meantime, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which is responsible for executing rail infrastructure projects in Mumbai’s suburban network, also plans on undertaking the restoration of four stations in the city in Mulund, Virar, Chembur and GTB Nagar.
R S Khurana, acting chairman and managing director, MRVC, said, that they will also undertake the improvement of other railway stations, apart from Mulund, Virar, Chembur and GTB Nagar. The discussions are going on to determine which railway station will be redeveloped by the MRVC and the IRSDC.
There is a budget of Rs900 crore has been approved by the railway ministry for the overall development of railway stations in India. However, the fund to be allotted for the redevelopment of stations in the city is yet to be specified.
The revamp will include the stipulation of more space for commuters by constructing decks, improved entry and exit points, and better organization of facilities.
In addition, there will also be a focus on the commercial development of the railway stations – including shopping complexes, multiplexes, and health centres. This will be modelled on the Seawoods railway station, which has an adjoining shopping complex, on the Harbour line in Navi Mumbai.
The IRSDC is surveying the housing railway stations, which have more space, to build the commercial establishments. The proposed designs have been presented to the railway ministry.