Staff Reporter

Decision taken in view of Commonwealth Games, 2010

  • Rs.7-crore building with state-of-the-art facilities
  • Two new railway stations proposed

    NEW DELHI:The Prime Minister's Committee on Infrastructure on Friday cleared the Railway Ministry's ambitious proposal to modernise and upgrade of railway infrastructure in the Capital in view of the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

    The New Delhi station will be modernised in a phased manner. Its first phase will be taken up under the public-private partnership and would be completed by 2010. Apart from adding new platforms, the new-look New Delhi railway station will have a Rs.7-crore building equipped with escalators and state-of-the-art facilities including food plaza, additional dormitories and air-conditioned retiring rooms.

    The new building will have a new reservation complex, current booking counters, technical areas and other facilities including foreign exchange counters, ATMs, touch-screen enquiry system, modern washrooms, cloak rooms and special waiting halls for the handicapped people.

    It will also have a coach guidance system and coach indication boards along with separate arrival and departure areas for speedy entry and exit, ensuring proper segregation of passengers and making the station congestion-free. To decongest the New Delhi and Old Delhi railway stations, two new stations with world-class facilities will also be developed at Anand Vihar and Bijwasan.

    The Committee on Infrastructure also cleared the proposal for modernisation of railway stations at Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus), Howrah, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mathura, Patna, Pune, Secunderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi.

    For ensuring better inter-Ministerial coordination, an Empowered Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary. The Chairman of the Railway Board, Secretary (Planning Commission), Home Secretary, Secretary (Economic Affairs), Secretary (Urban Development), Secretary (Environment and Forests), Chief Secretary (Government of Delhi), Vice Chairman (Delhi Development Authority) and Chairpersons of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council would be its ex-officio members.

    It has also been decided to constitute an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) headed by the Chairman of the Railway Board for finalising a "Model Concession Agreement" in which Secretaries of the Planning Commission, Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Urban Development and Department of Legal Affairs would be members. This Group has been asked to submit the "Model Concession Agreement" by October 31, 2007.