Under the guidance of Piyush Goyal, the Railway Ministry has made up an ambitious plan to make the New Delhi Railway Station into a world-class airport-style transit hub.
The proposed plan has a world-class airport style look to it. The initial bids of Rs 6,500 crore for the redevelopment project are expected to be invited in the upcoming months.
The Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) along with the Northern Railways, is hoping to redevelop the station in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model.
According to the Chairman of the Railway Board, V K Yadav, the renewed station will have separate entry and exit points for arriving and departing passengers. He added, “Under the proposed plan for the New Delhi railway station elevated access roads will be built, similar to several airports.”
Yadav also mentioned that the period taken would be of 4 years after the tenders have arrived. The first phase of the development would be surrounding approximately 110 acres of land.
Few of the salient features of the redevelopment project of the New Delhi Railway Station would include,
Redevelopment with new elevated concourse, refurbishment of the existing railway station buildings, and remodeling of the 16 platforms.
The development of associated infrastructure would involve the construction of elevated access roads network and a multi-level car parking.
The other associated components would be redeveloped and would include Indian Railways quarters, railway offices and social infrastructure.
A mezzanine level to be built exclusively for passenger facilities like lounges, food court, and restrooms.
Indian Railways aims at building a program financially viable for the private members, hence it would include commercial components like construction of retail areas, offices and a hotel.