6 major Railway stations in Karnataka including SSS Hubballi Junction are all set to get a makeover. The makeover will convert them into a World class railway terminal.
Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal, Bengaluru has been completed as a world-class airport-like terminal. Further, the tendering process is in progress for the Redevelopment of Bengaluru Cantonment & Yeshwantapura Railway stations.
The Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given importance to the Redevelopment of Railway stations to transform the face of Indian Railways. The salient features of redeveloped railway stations are as follows.
Every station will have a Spacious Roof Plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for Retail, Cafeterias, and Recreational facilities.
Both sides of the city will be connected with the Railway station, The stations located within the city will have a city-center like place. The stations will have Proper Illumination, Way finding/Signages, Acoustics, Lifts/Escalators/Travelators.
Master plan will be prepared for Smooth movement of traffic, with adequate Parking facilities. There will be integration with other modes of transportation like Metro, BRTS, etc.
Facilities like Food Court, Waiting lounge, Playing area for children, Place for showcasing local products, etc will be available. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang-friendly facilities.
These stations will be developed on the concept of Intelligent Building. Green Building Techniques will be used harnessing Solar energy, Water Conservation/Recycling, and Improved Tree Cover.
There will be segregation of Arrival/Departures, Clutter-free platforms, improved surfaces, and fully covered platforms. The stations will be safe with the installation of CCTV and Access control.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Proposal for the Redevelopment of 3 major Railway Stations (New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and CSMT, Mumbai) with an approximate total investment of ₹10,000 Crores.
Work on redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on. Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and Design for the remaining are underway.