Private Railway Station: Railways are in a lot of discussion these days. The reason for being in the discussion is the Coromandel Express accident in Odisha. More than 280 people have lost their lives in this. Even after this accident, crores of people travel by trains every day. Actually, the train is the most affordable and reliable facility of travel. In many countries of the world, railways are in the hands of private companies.
Who is developing private stations?
IRCON and RLDA have formed the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC). The same organization has given habibganj railway station located in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, for redevelopment. This railway station has been developed as an international level railway station on public private partnership (PPP) formula. It has been develop on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg railway station.Who is the developer of this station?
The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation has selected a developer consortium for the redevelopment of Habibganj railway station. This consortium includes M/s Bansal Construction Works Pvt. Ltd. as lead member. It also includes M/s Prakash Asphaltings & Toll Highways (India) Ltd. as a consortium member.Got it on lease for how many years?
The commercial development at Habibganj railway station has a lease period of 45 years. Along with this, the operation and maintenance of the railway station is also with the private party at this time. Its duration is a total of eight years. These include a construction period of three years and a subsequent period of five years.Eight railway stations are being redevelop
The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation is currently redeveloping eight railway stations. These include Chandigarh, Habibganj near Bhopal, Shivajinagar near Pune, Bijwasan near New Delhi, Anand Vihar near New Delhi, Surat in Gujarat, SAS Nagar (Mohali) in Punjab and Gandhinagar in Gujarat.Also read:Mahindra Thar and Mahindra Scorpio are in the top list of the company
What facilities will be available at these stations?
Private stations have been claim to have world-class railway station-like facilities. These include restaurants, shopping stores, catering shops and parking. Apart from this, there is also a mention of some other facilities separately for women passengers. Also, there will be special arrangements for rainwater harvesting at these stations.
Habibganj’s name has now been changed
When the redevelopment work of Habibganj railway station was completed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated it in November 2021. At the same time, habibganj railway station has been renamed as Rani Kamlapati railway station. She was one of the 7 wives of Nizam Shah.