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242/ 2024-25 27-06-2024
Chennai
Amrit Bharat Station Update: Redevelopment works at Villupuram station is in full swing


Villupuram holds significant strategic importance in terms of its rail connectivity. Its location in the northern part of Tamil Nadu makes it a gateway to the southern regions of the state. It connects multiple important rail routes, including the Chennai–Viluppuram–Tiruchirappalli line and the Villupuram–Tiruvannamalai–Katpadi line. This makes it a crucial transit point for trains traveling between various parts of Tamil Nadu and beyond.

Significantly, the station stands as a platform to exhibit regional cultural gems, particularly highlighting the esteemed Sirvanthadu Pattu, that can be acquired under the o­ne Station o­ne Product Scheme at the Villupuram Railway Junction.

Redevelopment of Villupuram under ABSS

A.Scope of the work

Villupuram Railway Station serves more than 5.4 million passengers annually. An allocation of about Rs. 23.29 crore has been earmarked for the station redevelopment under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme including the construction of FOB. These enhancements encompass the following passenger-centric facilities

•     A new Arrival Terminal will be constructed with an AC waiting hall, a space for arriving passengers/tourists to rest and relax during their short stay at the station.

•     Additionally,  new  toilet  blocks  will  be  constructed,  while  existing  o­nes  will  undergo renovation, ensuring clean and hygienic facilities for all passengers.

·6.00 m wide Foot Over Bridge will be constructed, providing a seamless passage  for  travelers  to  access different parts of the station.

•   Efforts to improve road connectivity and parking facilities will be taken up.

•     The front side road will be upgraded, providing easy access for vehicles, and pedestrian walkways will be developed for the convenience of commuters.

•     Passenger  platforms  will  receive  significant  attention,  with  the  addition  of  benches, water taps, and shelters, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant experience for travelers.

·Construction of a septic tank , Storm water drains, Additional submersible  pumps  to  maximize  water  availability  from bore wells and open wells, catering to the growing needs of the station and its passengers.

·A 'Feel Good' approach will be adopted to elevate the overall ambiance of Villupuram station. The existing terminal building will undergo renovation, and a new porch will be constructed, adding  an  element  of  grandeur  to  the  station's  facade. 

·The  introduction  of  a  parcel  office building  and  provision  of  trolley  paths  will  streamline  logistical  operations,  enhancing  the station's efficiency.

·To promote inclusivity for differently-abled, platforms will be equipped with 2.10- meter-wide edge strips with tactile coping slabs, facilitating  safe  and convenient boarding, and alighting for Divyangjan passengers.

·Solar power panels, LED lights , Furthermore, low-height masts with LED lights will be installed, promoting energy-savings

B.Status of ABSS works:

The following works are in progress at Villupuram station:

·Construction of new Arrival building

·Construction of new enhanced portico to Departure building.

·Construction of AC waiting hall

·Upgradation of PF 01 surface

·Redevelopment of parking area

·Construction of Entrance Arch

·Construction of GRP building

·Construction of parcel office

·Improvement to waiting halls

·Construction of 6.00 m wide FOB

·Improvements to landscaping

·Improvements to approach road with pedestrians pathway

·Construction of additional Platform shelters

Overall, 50% of redevelopment work has been completed and the station redevelopment works which are targeted for completion by the end of August 2024 as planned.

The  redevelopment  of  Villupuram  station  under  the  Amrit  Bharat  Scheme  aligns  with  the broader goal of  developing stations as  'City Centers,' contributing to the integration of both sides of the city. The redesign and modernization of station buildings, along with well-designed passenger amenities and inter-modal integration, will enhance the overall travel experience for the traveling public.



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