On August 6th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi orchestrated a historic virtual event, laying the foundation stone for the comprehensive redevelopment of a staggering 508 railway stations across India. This ambitious endeavour embodies the government's commitment to fostering inclusive growth, sustainable development, and equitable access to enhanced transportation facilities for citizens.
Amidst this event, PM Modi shared the strategic vision of including 508 stations as part of the transformative Amrit Bharat Stations scheme, envisioned to revamp nearly 1300 prominent railway stations nationwide. Investing in cutting-edge infrastructure and facilities, this ambitious initiative seeks to bolster the railway sector, stimulate economic growth, and provide passengers with world-class services and amenities at these redeveloped stations.
The selection of the 508 stations covers an extensive geographical range, spanning 27 states and union territories. Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan lead the count with 55 stations each, followed closely by Bihar with 49 stations, Maharashtra with 44 stations, and West Bengal with 37 stations. Other notable states include Madhya Pradesh with 34 stations, Assam with 32 stations, Odisha with 25 stations, Punjab with 22 stations, and Gujarat and Telangana with 21 stations each. Additionally, Jharkhand has 20 stations, while Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu each have 18 stations. Haryana houses 15 stations, and Karnataka has 13 stations, making this a truly pan-India endeavour.
PM Modi's transformative vision includes INR 4,000 crores for 55 Amrit Stations in UP and Rajasthan, INR 1,000 crores for 34 in MP, INR 1,500 crores for 44 in Maharashtra, and redeveloping prime railway stations in TN, Karnataka, Kerala, and other states.
As part of the redevelopment strategy, meticulous Master Plans are currently underway, envisioning the transformation of these stations into vibrant 'City Centres' that seamlessly integrate both sides of the city. Embodying a holistic approach to urban development, these visionary plans revolve around the railway station as the nucleus of progress. Passengers can look forward to enhanced amenities, such as improved seating on platforms, upgraded waiting rooms, and complimentary Wi-Fi services, among other offerings.
Moreover, the redevelopment emphasizes well-designed traffic flow, inter-modal integration, and clear signage to facilitate passenger navigation. The station buildings themselves will draw inspiration from the local culture, heritage, and architecture, forging a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.
With a strong focus on environmental stewardship, PM Modi highlighted that all Amrit stations will be designed as green buildings, showcasing India's dedication to sustainable growth. He confidently projected, “By 2030, our railway network will be powered by net zero emissions.”