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- The redevelopment plan will develop the railway stations within the metropolis into world-class services.
- Egmore railway station is on the listing of stations marked for improve into world-class services.
Chennai: Redevelopment plans to develop two of the foremost railway stations in Chennai into world-class services, particularly, Chennai Central and Egmore, have been into account for greater than a decade. A number of schemes have been launched to redevelop these stations every now and then, however not a lot has been applied about the identical.
Following the approval of the Union authorities, a challenge was launched in 2017 to commercially develop the land surrounding the Central railway station. Notably, Suresh Prabhu the then railway minister, had launched a plan to develop industrial services on the one-acre land close to the station and almost 45 acres of land across the station was mooted for improvement within the close to future. Nonetheless, no such improvement has been introduced into impact.
You will need to word that Egmore railway station has been added to the listing of stations which are to be upgraded into world-class services, whereas the Central railway station was nowhere within the listing. “Egmore has been included within the redevelopment plan by Indian Railway Station Growth Company (IRSDC). They’re but to submit the plan (for Egmore) although. Central just isn’t on the listing however might be taken up quickly,” mentioned a senior railway official.
In the meantime, a couple of railway stations resembling Habib Ganj in Bhopal and MV Visvesvaraya terminal in Bengaluru have already been remodeled into airport-like services by the IRSDC. Furthermore, the IRSDC has additionally undertaken the requests for proposals for the redevelopment of Delhi and Mumbai CST stations.
Most plans both proceed to stay on paper or take a very long time to implement
In keeping with T Sadagopan, a client activist, many of the railway improvement plans both proceed to stay on paper or their implementation takes a very long time. Moreover, state authorities businesses have additionally submitted stories to extend passenger facilities, which incorporates entry to suburban stations periodically. “These too are by no means applied. The MPs ought to research the necessities and push the state authorities and the railway ministry,” mentioned Sadagopan, reported The Occasions of India.
Whereas the implementation of the redevelopment plan is taking time a very long time, Southern Railway has added varied services for passengers at Egmore and Central railway stations.