20 including GMR show interest in redeveloping the New Delhi railway station

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New Delhi Railway Station
New Delhi Railway Station

NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): As many as 20 global and domestic companies including France-based Socié té Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF), Arabian Construction Company, Anchorage Infrastructure, GMR, Adani Group, JKB Infrastructure have evinced interest to redevelop and transform the New Delhi railway station. The project is a part of the national transporter’s ambitious asset monetization programme.

The project would be developed on a public private partnership (PPP) model, with a concession period of 60 years. The estimated cost of the project is₹6,500 crore and will be completed in around 4 years.

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), a statutory body under the ministry of railways on Monday said it held a pre-bid meeting on the redevelopment of the railway station, which saw ‘enthusiastic participation’ by 20 national and international firms.

The phased redevelopment will include station redevelopment, development of associated infrastructure, relocation of social infrastructure as well as the refurbishment of railway offices and railway quarters. New Delhi railway station is the largest and second busiest railway station in India. It handles approximately 4.5 lakh passengers daily. The station handles around 400 trains per day.

“Food courts and restrooms, an elevated concourse with segregation of arriving and departing passengers, refurbished platforms with easy access from the concourse level, mezzanine level exclusively for passenger facilities such as lounges, an elevated road network with multiple entry and exit points, a multi-level car parking facility and green building provisions, such as optimum use of natural ventilation and lighting will be some of the key highlights of the redeveloped station,” said a statement.

The project will also include commercial ventures such as office, five-star hotels, budget hotels and serviced apartments on approximately 30 acres of land. There is also a plan to set up a business district on the outer circle of Connaught Place and near Bhavabhuti Marg. The station will be integrated with the Delhi Metro.

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