Amrit Bharat Station Scheme: PM to unveil ambitious railway redevelopment project worth Rs.41,000 Cr

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | February 23, 2024 IST

Bhubaneswar, Feb 23: In a landmark move towards transforming the country's railway infrastructure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 554 Railway Stations and 1500 ROB/RUB projects on 26th February 2024 with project cost of Rs.41,000 Cr.

Manoj Sharma, General Manger of East Coast Railway while addressing to media said that in Odisha foundation stone is being laid for 21 Amrit Bharat Railway stations, totalling an estimated cost of Rs 900 Cr. 

The list includes prominent stations such as Bimlagarh, Jaroli, Rairangpur, Panposh, Baleswar, Betnoti, Sambalpur City, Jharsuguda Road, Titlagarh, Kesinga, Rayagada, Paralakhemundi, Koraput, Jeypore, Talcher, Raghunathpur, Paradeep, Kendujhargarh, Bhadrak, Belpahar, and Brajarajnagar.

He also informed that within the East Coast Railway zone, which also covers some parts of Andhara Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states, foundation stone will be laid in 22 Amrit Bharat Railway stations with a sanctioned cost of Rs 790 Cr. This initiative is expected to enhance station facilities, making travel more comfortable for passengers.  The stations are Naupada, Simhachalam, Bobbili, Srikakulam Rd., Parvatipuram, Chipurupalle, Sambalpur City, Jharsuguda Rd., Titlagarh, Kesinga, Rayagada, Paralakhemundi, Koraput, Jeypore, Talcher, Raghunathpur, Paradeep, Kendujhargarh, Bhadrak, Araku, Kottavalasa and Ichachapuram.

The state of Odisha is witnessing a significant boost in infrastructure development with a total of 52 Road over Bridges (ROB) and Road under Bridges (RUB) projects scheduled for dedication or foundation laying. The cumulative project cost for these stands at Rs.1420 Cr. In the East Coast Railway zone alone, 30 ROB/RUBs with a total cost of Rs.1288 Cr are slated for development.

The Amrit stations redevelopment project promises improved station accessibility, air concourse, wider Foot Over Bridge (FOB), waiting areas, toilet facilities, lift and escalator installations, and enhanced cleanliness. Passengers can also look forward to amenities such as free Wi-Fi, local product kiosks, executive lounges, and spaces for business meetings.

Similarly, the ROB/RUB projects aim to bring visible benefits to the public, removing traffic barriers, enhancing safety, and improving overall transportation efficiency. The construction of railway over bridges and under bridges is expected to boost convenience, comfort, and mobility for road users by reducing congestion, pollution, and travel time.

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