January 14, 2010 12:25:52 am
Till now,Boraki,a remote village in Greater Noida,was an inconspicuous railway stopover for loading and unloading goods trains. That,however,is set to change soon.
The village railway station is now in line for a Rs 130-crore renovation project to be turned into a railway and transport hub. The railway station,which currently has no proper seating arrangements,will be renamed the Greater Noida railway station.
According to Greater Noida Development Authority (GNDA) officials,the railway station upgrade project will be a step towards developing the village and its adjoining areas.
The railway station is a small stop and not every express train stops at this station. After the upgrade,however,the station will be an integral point connecting Greater Noida to other towns and states,and express and superfast trains like the Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani will stop at this station as well, a senior official of the GNDA said.
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According to chief executive engineer,GNDA,while plans for upgrading the Boraki railway station was in the pipeline,the authority could not get a clearance from the Railway ministry.
The ministry has now agreed to the renovation and had asked us to prepare a progress report,which we have submitted, Mohinder Singh,CEO,Greater Noida Authority,said.
The upgraded railway station will be part of two major projects coming up in Greater Noida the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Eastern Freight Railway corridor proposed between Ludhiana and Kolkata.
Officials believe upgrading Boraki railway station to international standards will give a boost to industries around the village. The plan is to develop the station commercially. As the authority will be spending crores on the upgrade,the cost incurred will be recovered by developing a commercial complex above the station, the official said.
The trains might be washed,serviced and stationed there. We have acquired 1,200 acres of land to develop the railway station. The zone will have five-star hotels and malls as well, the official added.
* Renovation project to cost Rs 130 crore
* 1,200 acres of land has been acquired
* Station to be part of two upcoming projects in Greater Noida Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and Eastern Freight Railway corridor
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