SCR to redevelop 36 stations with green touch
The long and pending redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station may finally see some traction as the South Central Railway (SCR) invited Expression of Interest (E0I) and a final decision would be taken up on the project.
Hyderabad: The long and pending redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station may finally see some traction as the South Central Railway (SCR) invited Expression of Interest (E0I) and a final decision would be taken up on the project. A meeting would be held on April 12, where the Railway Board is expected to take a final call on some railway stations.
- Hyderabad, Kacheguda Railway Stations to have multi-functional complexes
- Out of 400 ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations offered for redevelopment, 36 stations have been selected in SCR
The redevelopment is expected to be cost-effective and the land is to be leased to the developers. The entire cost of station development is to be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space by the developer for a period of 45 years. Out of the 400 ‘A-1’ and ‘A’ category stations offered for redevelopment in the Rail Budget 2015-16, 36 stations were selected in SCR.
SCR General Manager, Ravindra Gupta said, “The redevelopment of stations involves the construction of world-class facilities and there is provision for multi-functional complexes with facilities like retail shops, ATM, food courts and clock room.” The railway stations where multi-functional complexes would come up include Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Nellore, Dharmavaram, Zahirabad, Vijayawada, Nizamabad, Guntur, Kacheguda and Kurnool.
As many as five A1 category stations which have an annual passenger earning of more than Rs 50 crore are included under redevelopment are Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Kacheguda, Vijayawada and Tirupati. Out of the remaining 31 ‘A’ category stations four fall in Maharashtra, one in Karnataka and 26 in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The maximum number of stations under redevelopment is under Vijayawada division. Apart from Vijayawada, Anakapalle, Bhimavaram, Chirala, Eluru, Gudur, Kakinada, Nellore, Ongole, Rajamahendravaram, Samalkot, Tadepalligudam, Tenali and Tuni would be redeveloped. The stations are to have separate arrival and departure areas and the station structures are to turn green. Ravindra Gupta said, “The designs of the stations would have ample scope for future expansion and integration with public and private transport systems.”
With the Hyderabad Metro Rail station coming up near the Old Gandhi Hospital area, passengers can easily opt for Metro Rail, say railway officials. Ravindra Gupta said that it was difficult to set a time frame for such projects.