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Private stations can be a win-win for railways, operators

The idea of modernising and running India's large railway stations in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode has been dusted and taken off the shelf. The prime minister has announced that this will be done initially in around a dozen stations, with trains running below and the space above developed as commercial property.

The idea of modernising railway stations under a PPP arrangement was aired several years ago by the then railway minister, Lalu Prasad, who visualised attracting Rs 15,000 crore investment in 22 stations.

A beginning was made in seeking to transform New Delhi Railway Station for the Commonwealth Games in 2010. But this was a non-starter as the Planning Commission and the railways could not agree on a model concession agreement for such projects. Now, with a more powerful prime minister, Narendra Modi, at the helm and the Planning Commission out of the way, it is quite likely that prominent Indian railway stations will be put under the PPP mode.
 

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Rs. 2,500 crore revamp work of Railway Station proposed in Surat

As per the presentation, the total area of project will be 2.27 lakh sqm. Total cost will be Rs. 2,500 crore. If started on time, the project may complete by year 2019.A special purpose vehicle committee will be formed. It will include
members of Railway board, SMC and state government. 1 lakh sqm area will be occupied by solar panel for electricity generation. SMC will offer 4 FSI to project. Entire area of railway station will be covered and therefore there shall be no chance of unauthorized person entering inside the complex. The entry will be permitted only through RFID token.
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Makeover of Surat railway station begins

SURAT: The makeover process of the Surat railway station began on Wednesday with the visit of a four-member team of experts to the city.

The team from a'XYKno Capital Services Limited which is the consultant for the project was led by its co-founder and director K Vishwnath. The firm was appointed by the Indian Railways Station Development Corporation ( IRSDC) and has been given task to prepare the final ground for implementation of Rs 5,000 crore Surat railway station makeover project. This will be country's first model railway station as per international standards.

The four member team collected traffic data, land use pattern around the present railway station, plots near railway station and information on other mass transport modes to be integrated and interlinked in the redeveloped of Surat station.

Milind Torwane, Surat municipal commissioner talking to TOI said, "Once the final master plan is prepared, international bidding would begin by March end."

"After providing land it is expected that private developer would take 3-4 years to complete the project," he added.

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) in partnership with government of Gujarat, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Railway ministry would be launched soon for implementation of the project.

In its concept note SMC had suggested a multi-mode transit plaza for different mass transports like BRTS, metro train, city bus, private vehicles, auto rickshaws, two wheelers and pedestrians. The civic body had offered its land near railway station to be utilized on revenue sharing model. SMC had further asked that land of Gujarat State road transport Corporation (GSRTC) near railway station and railway yard land of Indian Railways also used to develop project.

SMC city engineer Jatin Shah said, "The consultant will prepare final master plan for the makeover which will include land of GSRTC, SMC and Railways." Nearly 2.27 lakh square meters of land would be required for the project, according to an estimate.
 

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Rs 2,000-crore makeover for 20 Mumbai railway stations

10 stations on the Western line, 8 on Central and 2 on Harbour have been identified for the Indian Railways and state government’s grand plans; apart from having improved facilities, these stations will also be connected to other transport modes such as Metro and Monorail
 

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  • Development will take up to 4 years
  • 2.27 million sq 'll land
  • 1 million square feet will be constructed
  • 60-storey five iconic tower will stand The building in the mall ,hotels restaurants , offices , coffee shop, spa facilities, including the Seven Stars
  • 140 platform Underground station at will be a bus depot ..
  • 400 cars and 1000 two-wheeler park management
 

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50 stations in India to get a 'clean' makeover

The railways have selected 50 stations to be outsourced for cleanliness drive across the country.

"We have selected three stations each from 15 zones and five stations from the Northern zone to be taken up for cleanliness drive," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The 50 stations identified include New Delhi, Varanasi, Howrah, Sealdah, Mumbai Central, Bhubaneswar and Patna.

Integrated cleaning contract will be awarded through tendering process.

According to the official, the railways plan to spend anywhere between Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million) to Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) per station to bring about a drastic change in their upkeep.
 

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Surat is country’s first model railway station as per international standards.

The team from a’XYKno Capital Services Limited which is the consultant for the project was led by its co-founder and director K Vishwnath. The firm was appointed by the Indian Railways Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) and has been given task to prepare the final ground for implementation of Rs 5,000 crore Surat railway station makeover project. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

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Amritsar station to get major facelift, says Railway minister

Hindustan Times, Amritsar| Apr 05, 2015


Promising world-class facilities for Amritsar Railway Station, union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has invited the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to be partner the ministry.

Prabhu, in Amritsar to pay obeisance at Golden Temple, said, "For thousands of tourists visiting the Golden Temple, the Amritsar station is the first point of arrival and this needs to be top-class. We are committed to doing this."

He added, "Work is on and I invite the the SGPC to participate in the process and help in processes like traditional design."

Notably, work to make Amritsar a model station has been on for long. However, the speed of the execution has left a lot to be desired. The minister, who returns to Delhi on Sunday night, will inspect the work at the station.

'Company to take up projects in the state'

The minister added that the Railways and the Punjab government will soon form a company that would work to uplift the railway infrastructure in Punjab and would also work on providing better facilities to passengers.

"We will also focus on improving the condition of railways stations across the state. There is also a proposal to connect religious cities and also ensure that 'Gurbani' is played inside these trains," the minister claimed.
 
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Modi-Prabhu Duo’s Plan To Revamp India’s Dilapidated Railway Stations Take Shape
Swarajya Staff - Jan 10, 2017, 4:49 pm
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Modi-Prabhu Duo’s Plan To Revamp India’s Dilapidated Railway Stations Take Shape
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two day visit to his home state, laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Gandhinagar Railway station yesterday (9 January). This project is a part of the prime minister’s plan to redevelop more than 400 railway stations in the country by taking a holistic approach.

Gandhinagar railway station development plan envisages to develop not only the station but also build a 300 room five star hotel in the airspace above the railway track. The station complex will also include international convention and exhibition centres which have hosted Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit. Segregating the arrival and departure of passengers is an important aspect of the centre’s stations redevelopment plan and this station will also see it getting implemented. The project will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 250 crore.

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Gandhinagar station timeline

Gandhinagar station is not alone. Redevelopment of Habibganj, Surat, Anand Vihar, Bijwasan, Chandigarh, Shivajinagar are in different stages of planning and execution. Stations such as Gwalior, Baiyappanahalli, Gandhinagar (Jaipur station), Amritsar and Nagpur have also been entrusted to Indian Railway station Development Corporation (IRSDC). Railways is also looking to auction 20 major stations for redevelopment this month. It will invite bids from developers and an expert committee will pick the developer who has submitted the best proposal.

The selected developer can undertake the development of the station and will have to complete the process in three years after which he can operate for 12 years under the operations and maintenance (O&M) contract. Developer will have to transfer the station to the railways. They will get eight years to develop the real estate around the station and then will be allowed to lease it for 45 years. (The period is not fixed and will vary with the developer and station. For instance, commercial developer of Surat station has got the lease for 90 years).



Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC) Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC)


Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC) Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC)


Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC) Surat proposed model station. (Source: IRSDC)
The Modi government wants to revamp over 400 railway stations in the country. In July 2015, the Union Cabinet had given its approval for redevelopment of the railway stations on 'as is where is' basis which will make it possible to accelerate the process. These stations are mostly in metros, cities, important pilgrimage sites and major tourist spots. These have been classified into two categories: A1 and A. Top 86 stations fall under the former while the rest have been included in the later.

Since, ‘one size fits all’ solution of redevelopment cannot be applied to all the 400 stations, the government thought it appropriate to deal with their development individually. For this purpose, the government had awarded the contract last year to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for Rs 8 crore to recommend to it the best way to redevelop stations. BCG evaluated the commercial potential of stations and gave its assessment to the government.

The plans for the redevelopment of stations include building an iconic structure with modern state-of-the-art facilities. The complexes will have a parking lot aimed at easing the congestion and will provide non-conflicting entry/exit to the station premises. Segregation of arrival/departure of passengers is also a part of the revamp plan. The government also wants developers to build adequate concourse without overcrowding which would mean building it above the platforms and rail lines. Of course, the concourse will have enough space for essential facilities such as catering, small retail, wash rooms, cloak rooms, drinking water, ATM, pharmacy, internet, etc.

But perhaps the most important aspect is the plan to integrate the railways stations with other modes of transport systems e.g. Bus, Metro, etc. While designing the station, future expansion of platforms/lines etc. will also have to be taken into account. The government is looking at the next forty years and wants these revamped complexes to be the nerve centres of the future smart cities.

The projects of redevelopment of various stations across the country are in different stages of planning and execution. The pace is slow. It is highly unlikely that the government will be able to revamp all the stations by its term-end. However, this is not something that can be achieved in a short span. The redevelopment of all these stations will mean pumping thousands of crores and the centre will have to work in partnership with the state governments which may or may not share Railway ministry’s enthusiasm for these projects. So, a lot depends on how best the governments can work together and how fast the developers can deliver these projects on time.

Since, all stations will have to be planned and developed individually, this inevitably means more time will be needed than it would’ve been otherwise required. Once the developers are chosen and all the permissions are in place, it shouldn’t take long to complete the process of revamp.
 
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Two Uttar Pradesh stations among 23 to be revamped under railway modernisation programme
In return, the developer would be granted 45 years' leasing rights for the commercial properties developed at these stations.
By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:January 13, 2017 11:15 pm
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Two major railway stations in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh will be among the 23 stations the railways has targeted to revamp under the second phase of its mega modernisation programme slated to kick off later this month. On the day of the big launch, tenders for modernisations of the 23 stations including Kanpur Central and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh will be floated as well.
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Besides the two, other stations include Lokmanya Tilak, Pune, Thane, Visakhapatnam, Horah, Kamakhya, Faridabad, Jammu Tawi, Udaipur City, Secunderabad, Vijaywada, Ranchi, Chennai Central, Kozhikide, Yesvantpur, Bangalore Cantt, Bhopal, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus, Borivali and Indore.A senior official in the railway ministry also said work is likely to commence on revamping Habibganj Railway Station-the first station to be redeveloped under the programme- next week with a formal ceremony marking ground breaking.
The firm developing the station has obtained financial closure or loans totalling Rs 400 crores for the facelift at Habibganj. The financial model for redevelopment work across stations has been devised in a way that the government doesn’t incur any expenditure as the developer would be rebuilding the railway stations and maintaining it for 15 years.
In return, the developer would be granted 45 years’ leasing rights for the commercial properties developed at these stations. The stations are being awarded to private developers under the so-called Swiss challenge method, which involves inviting a proposal online and allowing rival bidders to beat that proposal. These 23 stations will be the second batch of stations being redeveloped. The first set of stations were Habibganj, Surat, Anand Vihar, Bijwasan, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mohali and Gandhinagar whose modernisation has been entrusted to Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC).
 

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https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/railways/habibganj-and-gandhinagar-indian-railways-first-world-class-airport-like-stations-to-be-ready-by-early-2019/1394206/

Habibganj and Gandhinagar, Indian Railways first world-class airport-like stations, to be ready by early 2019!

By: Smriti Jain | Published: November 26, 2018 3:36 PM

Indian Railways' first two world-class railway stations with state-of-the-art amenities - Habibganj in Madhya Pradesh and Gandhinagar in Gujarat - will be ready by early 2019.
Redeveloped Habibganj and Gandhinagar railway stations to be ready by early 2019
According to SK Lohia, IRSDC MD and CEO, the redevelopment work for both Habibganj and Gandhinagar railway stations is expected to be complete by January 2019.
Indian Railways’ first two world-class railway stations with state-of-the-art amenities – Habibganj in Madhya Pradesh and Gandhinagar in Gujarat – will be ready by early 2019. According to SK Lohia, IRSDC MD and CEO, the redevelopment work for both Habibganj and Gandhinagar railway stations is expected to be complete by January 2019. “Work on both the stations is progressing satisfactorily, we are hopeful that Habibganj and Gandhinagar railway stations will be commissioned in January-end or February-beginning,” Lohia told Financial Express Online. IRSDC or Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation is the executing agency for the ambitious stations revamp project of Indian Railways.

The Habibganj railway station is the first in India to be redeveloped under the PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model. The station is being developed on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg railway station. The work is being jointly done by IRSDC and private firm Bansal Pathways Habibganj Private Ltd. The entire station redevelopment project of Habibganj is expected to cost around Rs 450 crore, out of which Rs 100 crore are being spent on the station and Rs 350 crore on the commercial development work. The new-look of the station will have a glass-dome like structure. The redevelopment project aims at developing the Habibganj railway station into a world-class, “airport-like” transport hub with several passenger conveniences such as retail areas, gaming and museum zones, plush waiting lounge, food plazas and cafeterias, clean toilets, LED lighting etc. The Habibganj railway station will be a “green” one with waster water being recycled for use.

On the other hand, the Gandhinagar Capital railway station project envisages setting up of a 5-star hotel above the station premises! This Rs 250 crore redevelopment project is an SPV between the Gujarat state government and IRSDC. The new-look Gandhinagar Capital railway station will also have an airport-like feel with a dedicated transit hall, shops, kiosks, book stalls, food stalls, 600 seats for passenger convenience, modular clean toilets etc. The 5-star hotel on top of the station will have 300 rooms, which the state government hopes will cater well to tourists and businessmen, especially during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in future. The ground floor of the hotel, that is currently under construction, will be 22 metres above the ground. It will have 3 buildings, combined to give impression of the shape of petals.
 
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