The Pune division of the Central Railway has sent a proposal for remodelling Kolhapur railway station to the Indian Railway board. The Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus here has been included in the Indian Railways plan for redevelopment of station buildings where a private party will develop the station with modern facilities.
B K Dadabhoy, divisional railway manager from Pune, visited Kolhapur station on Wednesday morning and inspected the facilities. Dadabhoy was accompanied by senior divisional operations manager Ashok Kumar Tiwari, Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Terminus station manager Sugreev Meena.
“The remodelling proposal has been sent to the Railway Board for final approval. Once it is cleared, interested parties can be invited to send their ideas for developing the station. Three more railway tracks will come up on the Gemstones building side. This proposal is likely to be accepted and cleared in the next financial year and is a major development for Kolhapur station,” said Tiwari.
Shivnath Biyani, member of the zonal railway users consultative committee, said, “The Kolhapur railway station building is almost 100 year old. There is shortage of space and this is proving to be a major hurdle in providing modern facilities to passengers. The entire building can undergo redevelopment as it is not a part of a heritage structure.”
A proposal to redevelop about 400 railways stations in metros and major cities was cleared by the union government in July this year. The Central Railway decided to redevelop 33 stations in its zone with the help of private parties.
Under this model, interested parties coming through open bids would develop the stations with their designs and business ideas while commercial development of real estate would be allowed by the zonal railways. These parties will also get some freedom for commercial utilisation of the space to recover the amount they had invested in redeveloping the stations.
The Central Railway has already invited private parties for redeveloping 33 stations under its jurisdiction including Dadar, Kalyan, Nagpur, Pune and Kolhapur. It has stated that private party will get all necessary support for undertaking the work.Most of these stations are not only large in its size but also overcrowded. Most of its facilities for passengers are failing short to accommodate growing movements. The redevelopment proposal is aimed at addressing all the problems in one go so that facilities such as proper gates, waiting rooms, facilities for officers and handling of new machinery can be handled properly and effectively.