Hon’ble PM to lay the foundation stone for 508 Amrit Bharat Stations including 25 stations in Southern Railway
Amrit Bharat Station Scheme envisages continuous upgradation of stations with world-class amenities to cater to future needs
Amrit Bharat stations will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, aesthetic facade, clean and spacious waiting areas, modern passenger-friendly amenities and seamless multi-modal connectivity
Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India will lay the foundation stone virtually for the major upgradation of 508 stations pan-India under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS) on 6th August 2023. Of these, 25 stations are in Southern Railway.
Ceremonial functions will be organized at all the 25 stations in the august presence of elected representatives, eminent persons from various fields, renowned sportspersons, freedom fighters, school/college students, Government officials and rail passengers. All the function venues will be virtually connected to the Central function. The students who had participated and won awards at various competitions held as part of ‘Amrit Bharat Stations’ will be felicitated during the function.
Amrit Bharat Station Scheme will be a major step towards improving the overall railway infrastructure, amenities and passenger experience at railway stations.
Amrit Bharat Stations in Southern Railway
These 25 stations in Southern Railway, for which foundation stone is to laid by Hon’ble Prime Minister, will be taken up for comprehensive development at a total sanctioned cost of over Rs. 600 Crores. This includes 18 stations in Tamil Nadu, 5 in Kerala, one in Karnataka and one in Puducherry (UT) in the first phase (List of stations in Annexure-A). The Puducherry Station is being redeveloped to the international standards at a cost of Rs. 93 Crores under comprehensive Station Redevelopment scheme.
In Southern Railway, a total of 93 stations, including these 24 stations, have been identified for development under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme. This includes 62 stations in Tamil Nadu, 27 stations in Kerala, 2 stations in Puducherry(UT) and one station each in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh jurisdiction of Southern Railway.
Key features of Amrit Bharat Scheme
The Ministry of Railways conceptualized a novel scheme of ‘Amrit Bharat Stations’ aiming at redevelopment of railway stations with a long-term vision, on a continuous basis. Amrit Bharat stations will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, clean and spacious waiting areas, and modern passenger-friendly amenities and seamless multi-modal connectivity
Amrit Bharat Station scheme aims to cater for introduction of new amenities for passengers as well as upgradation and replacement of existing amenities. The scheme aims at preparation of Master Plans of the Railway stations and implementation of the Master Plan in phases to enhance the facilities including and beyond the Minimum Essential Amenities (MEA) and aiming for creation of Roof Plazas and city centres at the station in the long run.
The following improvements are planned at the identified stations as part of Phase-I development under Amrit Bharat Scheme at the 25 railway stations in Southern Railway:
·Foot Over Bridges
·Escalators & Lifts
·Improvements to circulating area, façade & waiting areas
·Two/four wheeler parking
·Landscaping / Horticulture
·Integrated Passenger Information System
·Improvements to Platforms & Platform shelters
·Better illumination & Power supply arrangements
·Installation of CCTV Cameras
Under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme started by the Government of India, 1309 railway stations across the country are being redeveloped with state-of-the-art facilities. The work on Rani Kamalapati station in Madhya Pradesh, Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal station in Bengaluru, Karnataka and Gandhinagar Capital station in Gujarat have already been completed.
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List of 25 stations in Southern Railway identified in pilot phase under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme
(in Rs. Cr)