Date of Post: 22 Sep, 2018
Habibganj: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, on Friday, expressed satisfaction at the pace of work of redeveloping Habibganj railway station.
The station is being reconstructed on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg railway station by the IRSDC (Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation), along with a private firm, Bansal Pathways Habibganj Private Ltd.
- Goyal, while inspecting the station, said,”I am satisfied with the pace of works, especially the two subways that have come up, to turn Habibganj station into a model one for the country. The redeveloped station will come up soon.”
- West Central Railway (WCR) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Priyanka Dixit said,”Minister Piyush Goyal expressed satisfaction over the works. He said that all the stations in the country will be developed.”
- The railways plan to develop 400 stations into world class ones, She said.
- The CPRO informed that the private firm has started running certain aspects, like upkeep and maintenance, of the station, though train operations continue to be with the railways.
- Dixit said, the firm won the bid to redevelop and maintain the station, in 2016.
- The firm was now looking after parking, catering, cleaning including track washing, maintenance, housekeeping among other operations, Company’s station development construction manager Mohammad Abu Asif said.
- Asif said,”Since March 2016, we are redeveloping Habibganj station into a world class facility on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg railway station. The IRSDC is the nodal agency of the project.”
About The project:
- The project is being carried out in 2 phases, of which the part dealing with station redevelopment will cost Rs 100 crore, he informed.
- Asif said that the station redevelopment phase has a deadline of July 2019 but the plan is to complete it earlier.
- He said,”The station development is primarily aimed at segregating the movement of people inside the premises with the creation of departure and arrival lounges. Passenger entry and exit routes will be segregated with the construction of two subways and a new station building on the west side among other works.”
- Asif added, the 2nd phase deals with commercial development of the station area at an estimated cost of Rs 347 crore.
- Asif explained,”The Bansal group has been given eight years to complete the commercial development of the station. Profit from the commercial facilities will form return on investment.”
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