Facelift of Mathura, Allahabad, Jhansi stations by end of 2018
New Delhi: In an attempt to increase passengers' amenities and give an aesthetic makeover to the most visited stations in North Central Railway zone, the NCR is ready with its plan to redevelop its three stations - Mathura, Allahabad and Jhansi.
Talking about the redevelopment plan, NCR GM MC Chauhan said that the upgradation of stations has to be taken up an "immediate measure". "The works on the identified stations are to be completed by December 2018 and the emphasis would be on having a visible change in the station without unnecessary construction all over," he Chauhan said.
While talking to Millennium Post, NCR CPRO Gaurav Krishna Bansal said, "The redevelopment plan of three stations is part of the total 70 stations assigned to different zones. The NCR has chalked out a detailed strategy to revamp all the stations."
"As per the plan, NCR would increase passengers' amenities by installing escalators, lifts, and construction of boundary walls among others. Given that stations are important pilgrimage hubs and report over 45,000 footfall per day, the NCR would make it sure that passenger's get best services at the stations even during peak seasons," Bansal told Millennium Post.
The 70 stations are apart from the 600 stations that have to be redeveloped by the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation and would be developed by Zonal Railways in whose jurisdiction they are located.
"There are as many as 20 parameters across which the redevelopment will be done. The stations would be developed by improving the façade of the station building, platform surface with granite (flame burnt) and vacuum dewatered concrete, washable apron to improve sanitation wherever needed, etc," the CPRO said.
Improvement to existing waiting halls, waiting rooms, retiring rooms, toilets etc along with the provision of modular water kiosks and water ATMs are also in the top priority of station redevelopment plan, the official said, adding that solar lighting would also be provided at stations.
The NCR has completed 8.7MW of solar production out of the total target of 11.2MW.