NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): On 6th August, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will take a historic step by laying the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations across India through video conferencing.
The Prime Minister has consistently emphasized the importance of providing state-of-the-art public transport. With railways being the preferred mode of transport for people all over India, PM Modi’s vision is to ensure that passengers receive world-class amenities and services.
To fulfill this vision, the government launched the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme, which aims to redevelop a total of 1309 railway stations across the nation. As part of this ambitious plan, the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 stations will be laid by PM Modi himself. These stations are set to undergo a transformative makeover with a budget of over Rs 24,470 crores.
The redevelopment project comes with a comprehensive approach, as master plans are being prepared to develop these stations as ‘City Centres’. The objective is to create well-integrated spaces that seamlessly blend with the surrounding areas and cater to the overall urban development of the cities where the stations are located.
The selected 508 stations for redevelopment are spread across 27 states and union territories. States like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have 55 stations each, Bihar has 49 stations, Maharashtra has 44 stations, West Bengal has 37 stations, Madhya Pradesh has 34 stations, Assam has 32 stations, Odisha has 25 stations, Punjab has 22 stations, and Gujarat and Telangana have 21 stations each. Additionally, Jharkhand has 20 stations, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have 18 stations each, Haryana has 15 stations, and Karnataka has 13 stations, among others.
The revamp will offer modern passenger amenities, seamless traffic flow, inter-modal integration, and well-crafted signage for passenger guidance. The station buildings’ designs will draw inspiration from the region’s local culture, heritage, and architectural styles.