Mega Redevelopment of Ahmedabad Railway Station

Union cabinet confirms the Mega Redevelopment of Ahmedabad Railway Station | The new design is inspired by Modera's Sun temple

The Ahmedabad railway station is going to get a stellar facelift as the Union Cabinet approves the Railways's proposal for redevelopment.

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The Union Government on Wednesday approved the redevelopment plan of Ahmedabad railway station.

The station will be redeveloped using modular technology and the work will be completed within two to three and a half years, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

The minister has also released a proposed model of the new railway station in Ahmedabad.

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The design of the Ahmedabad railway station will be inspired by the iconic Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat.

Iconic towers and a huge arch inspired by the Modhera Sun Temple will create a new identity for the city.

The 648 metre by 148 metre wide roof plaza will be built above tracks of the railway station.

The station will have integrated connectivity with bullet trains, metro stations, existing BRT, city buses and taxis.

Elevated roads having 13 lanes are planned around the station.

A tender for the re-development will be issued in the next 10 days.

The modular technology or the multi-model system will link multiple modes of public transport and facilitate the commuters in accessing trains, buses, Metro Rail and others from one point. Both sides of the city will be connected to the station.

Passenger amenities like a food court, a cosy waiting lounge, a playing area for children and a place for local products will also be developed.

Ahmedabad station is the highest income-generating division in Western Railways.

It connects to Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Howrah and many other major cities and also links other cities in Gujarat like Saurashtra, Kutch, Vadodara, Surat, Himmatnagar, Bhavnagar, Palanpur, etc.

Along with Ahmedabad, the Union Cabinet also approved the Indian Railway proposal for the redevelopment of the New Delhi Railway Station and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in Mumbai at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore.

These are the biggest three stations in India.

In total, the ministry is planning to develop 199 stations at an estimated cost of Rs 60,000 crores, the minister said at the briefing after the union cabinet meeting. In this phase, the ministry is developing all stations that have more than 50 lakh annual passenger count.

After completion of these facelifts, the stations having passengers more than 10 lakh will be taken up, the minister added.