PUNE: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her Budget speech on Saturday announced that four railway stations will be redeveloped on Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. However, in 2013 it had been announced that five stations would be redeveloped, including Shivajinagar station. Till now, the progress of the station is at a standstill.
Of the five stations announced for redevelopment in 2013, work has progressed at four stations: Habibganj (Bhopal), Chandigarh, Anand Vihar and Brijvasan (both in New Delhi). Shivajinagar station was on the list but there is no progress in six years.
The plan was made in March 2013 by Indian Railways Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) for well-designed and spacious platforms, high-quality waiting rooms, easy access to platforms and state-of-the-art catering facilities.
Officials from Central Railway were reluctant to share their views on the Shivajinagar station project. IRSDC officials said, “The work on finalisation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) is on and tenders for the projects will be called as soon as the DPR and business plan are finalised.”
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