Indian Railways has the capability to move vast amounts of people and goods in a safe, cost-effective, sustainable and reliable way. But it is constantly burdened by poor infrastructure, constrained capacity and famine approach to funding.
Investing in improving the existing infrastructure seems to be a good solution.
South Korea has taken this initiative to redevelop the New Delhi railway station, one of the busiest terminals in the country, as a world-class facility.
As a part of Railway Ministry’s plan to draw revenue from public-private partnerships for the development of 400 stations, Indian railways have joined hands with South Korean railways to give a massive makeover to New Delhi railway station.
The Rs. 10,000 crore re-development project will turn the busy station into a world-class junction. Currently, New Delhi Railway Station handles over five lakh passengers and 361 trains on a regular day. The proposed project will add to the convenience of the passengers by having shops, eateries, restrooms among other things.
The proposed project will have a multi-storeyed building with separate terminals for arrivals and departures. A commercial skyscraper may come up towards Ajmeri-Gate section of the station.
The South Korean railways will develop the inside and the outside of the station. According to the plan, the passenger’s waiting lobby will be on the first floor and travellers will have to use escalators and elevators to exit the platforms at ground level. The second floor of the building will have railway offices.
Besides these, there will be a digital signage to display train details, automated systems for tickets, executive lounge and shops of leading brands.
Soon, railway stations will provide an airport experience!