Chandigarh railway station to get Rs 462 crore upgrade, Ahluwalia contracts to carry out redevelopment project | So Good News
The redevelopment of Chandigarh railway station is set to begin soon with Indian Railways selecting Delhi-based firm Ahluwalia Contracts (India) Ltd to execute the project.
The project on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode is estimated at around Rs 462 crore and will be completed in two years.
The station will be upgraded with state-of-the-art facilities, such as a food court, a paid lounge and office and retail space.
Additional elevators and escalators are to be added to increase the capacity to carry more passengers at a given time.
Need for upgrade
The railway station is located at the eastern end of Le Corbusier’s “net city” and is on the border of Punjab and Haryana.
The city of Chandigarh has grown diverse in the last decade.
The upgradation of Chandigarh Station is in line with supporting the city’s growth by providing a world-class railway station.
The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) had invited a request for proposals for upgrading the railway station, with a view to improving passenger facilities in the month of June this year.
RLDA is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways for the development of railway land for commercial use.
Earlier, Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) was handed the responsibility to upgrade the railway station by 2021.
However, with an abrupt closure of the IRSDC in October 2021, the Railway Board handed over the work of developing Chandigarh railway station to the RLDA in April 2022.
The lighthouse project
The station will be developed on a modular concept where pre-constructed and prefabricated components will be used.
This will significantly reduce the time it takes to complete the project.
Furthermore, the project has been called a “lighthouse” project where the contractor must develop a scheme and method based on modularisation.
The established technique will then be replicated on all the station development works to be carried out on the Indian Railway Network.