NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Modernizing and upgradation of railway stations is an ongoing process under the Adarsh Station Scheme, which began in 2009-10. Based on the category of the station, 1253 railway stations were identified for upgradation, out of which 1218 stations have been upgraded as of now, and the remaining stations are expected to be finished by the end of the financial year 2023-24. The Adarsh Station Scheme has identified 40 stations in Rajasthan, 45 stations in Madhya Pradesh,16 stations in Haryana, and 32 stations in Gujarat for upgradation. All identified stations in Rajasthan, Haryana, and Gujarat have been developed, and 42 stations in Madhya Pradesh have been developed. The remaining three stations, including Howbagh, are targeted for completion in the financial year 2023-24.
The Adarsh Station Scheme provides improvement, upgradation, and modernisation of passenger amenities at railway stations, including the facade of the station building, retiring room, separate waiting room for ladies, waiting room, landscaping of circulating area, signages, earmarked parking, Foot Over Bridge, Pay & Use toilets, ramps at entry to the station, and other facilities. The selection of railway stations under the Adarsh Station Scheme is based on the specified need for the upgradation of amenities as per the requests and demands raised by public representatives and recommendations from Zonal Railways. However, the enhancement of passenger facilities at railway stations is an ongoing process that depends on the availability of funds, passenger traffic volume, and the prioritization of works.