Pune, June 6: The National project under public-private partnership (PPP) to renovate and maintain 23 railway stations throughout the Nation. Each railway stations will be getting Rs 200 crore for development. The Pune is one of the five other railway stations from Maharashtra ready for another transformation.
The Pune railway station is ready for new transformation this time not by government but by private players. Across 23 major railway station are selected for the redeveloped and maintained by private contractors for another 45 years, Pune is one of them, soon to get renovated.
The Pune railway station will be taking care by a private contract company on PPP model along with the five other railway stations in the state and Railways had approved Rs 200 crore to be spent for the project. The similar other railway station to go renovation are the Thane, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra and Borivali stations.
Explaining the details of the national project, a senior official from the Railway Board said “The Railways is planning to invest around Rs 4,000 crore for the redevelopment of these stations to give them swanky, world-class facilities. Under this project, only railway land will be allotted for 45 years to the private company, along with maintenance rights for 15-year tenure. In turn, the private company will be making the investments to redevelop the station and will have commercial rights. But the core operations like signalling, track maintenance and running of trains will be undertaken by the railways itself. The tendering process for these newly identified stations has begun and, in the next two months, the process will be completed”.
“Earlier this year, Habibganj railway station near Bhopal was announced as the first station in the country to be redeveloped under the PPP model as a world-class railway station — with various modern passenger amenities like holding areas, concourse, walkway, multipurpose stalls and cafes among other amenities. The budget for this station redevelopment was Rs 100 crore and work for it has already begun”, a senior official added.
Earlier on April 7, a Railway Development Authority (RDA) was formed by the Indian Railways to allow private railway services in the country. Under RDA, private companies will be allowed to transport goods with their private trains in the country. Under this project, the railway yards, sheds, workshops and other railway infrastructure will be given to them for use.
The minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain said, “Yes we are working on this PPP model project on 23 railway stations across the country, through which high-class passenger amenities will be developed at these stations.”