Nagpur: The Nagpur Railway Station will be getting a complete overhaul soon. The Railway Station could look like something from the future as per images of an artist’s impression shared by the Railways. The proposed redevelopment aims to provide a world-class travel experience to passengers and stimulate socio-economic development in and around the station. The Nagpur Railway Station will be revamped with the vision of New India.
Nagpur Railway Station is at the intersection of the Howrah-Mumbai and Delhi-Chennai main lines of the Indian Railways. It is one of the busiest stations in the state and is classified as a non-suburban station. It belongs to class A1 stations and is among the top 100 reservation stations of the Indian Railways.
Designed to accommodate over 9,000 passengers during peak hour traffic (PHT), enhanced waiting area and sitting capacity, parking facility for two-wheelers and cars, 30 lifts and 31 escalators, and bigger east side building than the west are some of the proposed features of the Nagpur Railway Station buildings set to be constructed on EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) mode.
According to reports, the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) has floated tenders to undertake major upgradation of the station at an estimated cost of Rs 536 crore. The pre-bid meeting was held on June 20, in which several EPC contractors and builders participated. The last date to submit tenders is July 28.
RLDA is a statutory authority under the ministry of railways for the development of railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of its development plan, namely leasing commercial sites, colony and station up-gradation, and multi-functional complexes.
As per the existing scenario, the peak hour traffic at Nagpur Station is 7,700 passengers but after redevelopment, it will be enhanced to over 9,700. Similarly, the west side station building which is 7,146 sq mt will be developed into over 25,000 sq mt and the east side building will be upgraded from the existing 1,100 sq mt to 29,300 sq mt.
RLDA officials said the car parking capacity on the west side will go up from the existing 100 to 125 and on the east side where there is no car parking facility, 160 cars could be parked, besides 1,000 auto-rickshaws and over 1,200 two-wheelers. “We have also proposed 30 lifts and 26 escalators and two six-metre-wide FOBs. Besides, the station will have green building certification, solar panels, rain-water harvesting, and solid waste management among other onsite segregation,” they said.
According to RLDA officials, the capacity for parking cars on the west side will increase from 100 to 2,125. On the east side, where no parking is available, 160 cars could be parked alongside 1,000 auto-rickshaws and 1,200 two-wheelers. It will have a green building certification and have various features such as solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
Nagpur is an important junction on the Howrah–Mumbai, and Delhi–Chennai trunk line of the Indian Railways. It is classified as a non-suburban (NSG-2) category station and is one of the top 100 booking stations across the Indian Railways. It is also one of the oldest and busiest stations in Maharashtra.