As per an innovative of public-private partnership, 400 railway stations in the country are all set to undergo a makeover. The model is referred to as the ‘Swiss Challenge’ and this is considered to be a game-changer for the Indian Railway. The changes will include the facilities such as helipads, shopping outlets, food courts, medical facilities, integration with public/private modes of transport, the segregation of passengers according to arrival and departure.
The stations are also assumed to become green stations which will have optimum use of natural light and ventilation. PM Narendra Modi who currently controls the Union Cabinet has earlier in this year cleared the proposal. The proposal allows any private company which has a net worth minimum of 50 cores at the end of last financial year is eligible to participate in the bid for the project.
As per reports potential investors like Representatives of real estate bigwigs, including Shapoorji Pallonji, Hindustan Construction Company, Larsen & Toubro, ATS Infrastructure, GMR, Raheja Developers, Tata Infrastructure and Reliance Infrastructure had already involved in meetings with Indian Railway officials in Delhi about a week ago.
The government official websites are seen containing further details about the developments and amenities that are targeted to be provided in the Railway Stations. The land plan of stations which indicates its buildings, yard circulating area has also been briefed by the government.