Habibganj Railway Station to get world class infrastucture.
When this Idea came into existence?
- The idea of setting up world-class railway stations was mooted in 2009-10 by then railway minister Mamata Banerjee.
- It was revived by current Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in 2015.
- This project is part of the Indian Railways’ ambitious plan to re-develop 400 A1 and A category railway stations.
- Habibganj one of two station in Bhopal will redefine the concept of a railway station in India by becoming the first world-class station in the country.
- The country’s first railway station to be redeveloped as a public-private partnership (PPP), Habibganj is set to become a swanky commercial hub with shops, offices and hotels, all in a span of three years.
- Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will launch commencement of the station re-development work in Bhopal on 9th June.
Operation and maintenance responsibilities
- These responsibilities have been given to Bhopal-based Bansal Group for a period of eight years.
- “The whole design of the station is inspired from Berlin Hauptbahnhof which is the mail railways station of Berlin in Germany.
- Their plan is to develop the commercial areas in two phases—two office-cum-shopping complexes in the first phase, and under the second phase, a multi-speciality hospital and a budget- and five-star hotel.
- The station will be environment friendly as it will be powered by solar energy.
- The huge parking area will also be provided, along with this responsible for all the facilities at the station like food stalls, retiring rooms, power, platform maintenance, will be handled by Bansal Group, but the group will not be responsible for core operations such as train and parcel movement.
- The safety measures are taken to build the station in case of emergency station can be evacuated in 4 minutes and all the passengers can reach a point of safe place in 6 minutes.
Other similar projects
- Other projects are being handled by IRSDC are Anand Vihar (Delhi), Bijwasan (Delhi), Chandigarh, Surat (Gujarat), Mohali (Punjab) and Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
- Bansal said the railways needed to make the station redevelopment deal more lucrative.
“A lease of 99 years instead of 45 years, maintenance period extendable from 5-20 years and residential opportunities would attract more bidders,”