In a significant to transform India’s railway infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme, for the redevelopment of for 508 railway stations across the country on August 6. This is an ambitious project with an estimated investment exceeding ₹24,470 crores.
The Geographic reach of the project:
The chosen 508 stations are strategically distributed across 27 states and union territories, reflecting the comprehensive scope of this project. From Uttar Pradesh to Rajasthan, Bihar to Maharashtra, these stations touch various corners of the nation. This massive initiative involves 55 stations each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 49 in Bihar, and several more in other regions.
Infrastructure aimed at better connectivity:
The core idea behind the Amrit Bharat Stations scheme is not just modernization, but holistic urban development around railway stations. Prime Minister Modi emphasized the integration of these stations as “City Centres,” seamlessly connecting both sides of the city.
The transformation extends beyond infrastructure to passenger amenities, including enhanced seating, upgraded waiting rooms, and free Wi-Fi access.
Project towards Preserving Local Heritage:
The revitalization efforts extend to preserving India’s rich cultural heritage. The design of station buildings will be inspired by local architecture and heritage. For instance, Jaipur Railway Station will capture the essence of Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort, Jammu Tawi Railway Station will echo the grandeur of Raghunath Mandir, and Dimapur Station will showcase the distinct architectural styles of Nagaland’s tribes.
What is Amrit Bharat Station Scheme?
A Path to Progress The Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS) aims to rejuvenate a total of 1,309 railway stations across India, elevating them to world-class travel hubs. With an investment of ₹25,000 crore, the ABSS will transform passenger experiences, facilitate better traffic circulation, and promote inter-modal integration. Notably, Bihar alone will witness the transformation of 49 railway stations under this scheme.
A Modern Rail Ecosystem: The redeveloped stations will introduce state-of-the-art facilities, including wide concourses, foot over bridges, lifts, escalators, waiting rooms, and commercial areas. This multimodal approach envisions seamless connectivity for passengers. Additionally, minor stations will also receive upgrades to improve passenger amenities and create a more convenient travel experience.
With the launch of the Amrit Bharat Stations redevelopment, India’s railway sector takes a leap towards modernization, improved connectivity, and enhanced passenger experiences. As this transformation unfolds, it promises to create a more seamless and enjoyable travel ecosystem for millions across the nation.