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Habibganj railway station in Bhopal has become the first railway station which will build under Public-Private partnership.
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The then railway minister, Suresh Prabhu had launched the redevelopment work of Habibganj railway station on June 9. A Bhopal-based group named ‘Bansal group’ has been assigned to operate and maintain the station for eight years.
The Bansal group will invest ₹100 crore to tear down the station and another $350 crore to build it and develop four commercial land parcels of a total area of 17,245 sq.mtrs. These four land parcels have been given to the group on a four year lease.
The station shall have all the state-of-the-art facilities that one can think of including but not limited to a shopping complex, eateries, forex kiosk, parking lot with segregated areas for arrivals and departures. The station will be of world-class standards.
While the commercial needs are been taken care of, environment sustainability concerns are also not ignored. The station shall be solar powered. Among other features, it shall have lifts, escalators, travelators and will also have an ease of movement for the differently-abled.
Another striking feature that has place in the design of the station is that in case of an emergency, like fire, it can evacuated in four minutes! Also, the passengers can reach the marked points of safety in six minutes!
The idea behind developing such a station is, ‘To make it at par with a world-class transit hub equipped with all amenities.’
This station and a few other stations like Shivaji Nagar (Pune), Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Anand Vihar will be developed by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) which was constituted under the Companies Act, 1956 as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to develop railways stations.
That sounds like progress, doesn’t it?