Government prepares master plan to revamp 200 railway stations across India with modern facilities | Railway news | So Good News
Indian Railways is relentlessly working to revamp railway stations across the country. Till now many railway stations including Gauriganj railway station have been revamped. Furthermore, these redeveloped railway stations will have modern airport-like facilities to provide the passengers with the best comfort and convenience in travelling. As many as 200 railway stations across the country will get a facelift with modern facilities, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated. He attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of a bus maintenance factory at Aurangabad railway station in Maharashtra. He further stated that the government has prepared a master plan to renew 200 railway stations.
– The tender process for 47 railway stations has been completed while the physical work has started on 32 stations, he said. He said that the railways are being transformed. “The government has drawn up a master plan to revamp 200 railway stations. Overhead spaces will be created at the stations which will have world-class facilities, including waiting lounges and food halls, besides entertainment facilities for children,” the minister said.
Vaishnaw also said that railway stations will act as the “platform” for selling regional products. Talking about the contribution of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra to the manufacture of Vande Bharat trains, the minister said, “The country will have 400 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains in the future and 100 of these trains will be manufactured in the coach factory at Latur in Marathwada. The necessary changes in the factory are already being made.”
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Vaishnaw said that the government does not give the reason regarding “Rate of Return” for sanctioning a project. He said that all parts of the country are now connected by either highways or railways under the PM Gati Shakti scheme and parts of Marathwada will also be connected.
The bus maintenance facility in Aurangabad has a capacity of 18 buses, but Maharashtra’s Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ambadas Danve, demanded that this capacity be expanded to accommodate 24 buses. Vaishnaw directed officials to review Danve’s demands and send a proposal in the next 15 days.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways and Jalna MP Raosaheb Danve said that the Central Government has sanctioned Rs 11,000 crore for Maharashtra, which was Rs 1,100 crore earlier.
Union Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad demanded to implement high-speed rail projects along the recently completed Aurangabad-Pune Expressway. Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel demanded that the ROR condition be kept aside while sanctioning projects for regions like Marathwada.
(With inputs from PTI)