The redevelopment of Shivajinagar station hinges on the fulfillment of the railways’ demands to the state government for additional floor space index and transfer of large space allotted to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited.
The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation, which is redeveloping Shivajinagar and four other stations, has sought permission from the state government for floor space index (FSI) between 3.5 and 4 to make the project commercially viable. The railways has also asked the state government to transfer a large area around the station premises allotted to the transport utility, PMPML, to it.
Before the presentation of the railway budget this year, a white paper tabled by the railway ministry had stated Shivajinagar, along with 13 passenger terminals in the country, would be developed to international standards either through public-private partnership or government to government cooperation.
A heritage clearance for the station’s redevelopment had been obtained and feasibility reports had been prepared.
The project was first mooted in 2012, when IRSDC was to redevelop Shivajinagar, Chandigarh, Habibganj (Bhopal), Anand Vihar and Bijwasan stations. In November 2013, IRSDC submitted the concept and the master plan to the zonal railways. The railways gave an ‘in principle approval’ to the project for Shivajinagar and Habibganj stations.
The project was planned to be developed by demolishing the railway quarters near the station on the highway side and constructing multi-storied commercial complexes, for which additional FSI would be required. Similarly, commercial complexes were to be constructed near the state transport bus terminus.
Pune divisional railway manager B K Dadabhoy said IRSDC had sent a letter to the state government seeking additional FSI and was waiting for approval. The permissible FSI at present is only 1.
Another letter has been sent, asking the state government to spare the land outside the station reserved for PMPML, to the railways.
Planned to be developed as a green building project, its goals included providing passengers safe and comfortable amenities in a clean and pleasing ambience at the Shivajinagar station. It talked about superior road connectivity with the city for quick and easy access to the station and adequate parking space on the station premises. Proper and segregated facilities for the movement of passengers on the either side of the station during arrival and departure of trains were also a part of the project.
Separate entry and exits and more parking space near the main entrance were proposed. There was a plan to make the station accessible from the Mumbai-Pune highway.
Officials claimed that the redeveloped model would be a green building and optimum use of natural ventilation, light and solar lights would be made. User-friendly international signage which can be understood by everyone and easy integration with public transport were also planned.
Last month, an initiative to redevelop the Pune railway station on PPP was mooted, wherein the railways had invited expression of interest from companies.
Shivajinagar railway station would get several state-of-the-art facilities if the project is executed
Illuminated circulating area for passengers with modern and state-of-the-art facilities like food courts, medical facilities (including polyclinics)
No parcel movement across platforms
Segregation of arrival and departure of passengers (no conflict between incoming and outgoing passengers), sufficient provision for drop off, pick up, parking facilities
Easy movement due to integration with public and private transport
User-friendly international signage which can be understood by all passengers
Provision for future expansion of platforms and rail lines