Northern Railway has planned to redevelop and give a complete facelift to the Anand Vihar railway station, one of the stations covered under the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS), a project to ensure better connectivity of Delhi with the National Capital Region through high-speed trains on a dedicated corridor.

Among things, which the Delhi division of the Railways has planned include an airspace waiting room right in the centre of the railway station, with trains chugging below, and innovative waiting lounges. At present, Anand Vihar station has been commissioned as a terminal. Proposed separate walkways for incoming and outgoing commuters to ensure minimal congestion, architecturally-designed electronic signboards, disabled-friendly escalators and lifts will give a complete infrastructural facelift to the station.

The authorities have also planned commercial space at the station, which will be given out on rent to ATMs and office spaces. The plan to develop the railway station as a world class railway station was announced in the 2012 Rail Budget.

While explaining the use of a “central airspace waiting hall”, a Delhi division railway official said: “There are waiting rooms at the station, but passengers prefer to wait on the platform or on the foot over bridges as they are afraid of missing the announcements or updates inside the waiting hall. As a result, we have empty waiting rooms and congested foot over bridges.”

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