The plan to redevelop Shivajinagar railway station under Public Private Partnership (PPP) floated two years ago is being delayed as its clearance from the state government is still being awaited. The project was announced in March, 2013, under which five railway stations across the country would be developed by Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) through collaboration with private partners. The redevelopment plans were submitted by the Pune division to the railway board, and the design was approved as well.
The file, railway officials say, is now stuck with the state government which is yet to give it a go-ahead. The railways had sought a 3.5 Floor Space Index (FSI) for the project, a 2.5 FSI jump from the current 1 FSI in the area. The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd’s proposal to include its Shivajinagar stop in the planned railway station complex has also compounded the issue.
BK Dadabhoy, Divisional Railway Manager, said that the project will take off only after getting a green signal from the state government. “The file, I am informally told, is pending with the Chief Secretary’s office. The current FSI that’s awarded to the building is one. We need at least 3.5 to 4 FSI. The ball is in their court now. We can’t give any deadline for the project as things will become clear only after the state government’s decision,” said Dadabhoy.
Apart from Shjivajinagar, four other stations that will be redeveloped on the same model are Anand Vihar and Brijvasan in Delhi, Chandigarh railway station and Habibganj in Bhopal. RLDA, a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways, has been entrusted to carry out the ambitious redevelopment project.
The project had hit the first roadblock after it was brought to the notice of officials that almost half the area that forms the development plan lay under encroachment which is “difficult to get rid of”. The Railways then decided to divide the project in two parts, first to develop only the area which is not under encroachment or any kind of litigation. While this part is being developed, the Railways will fight it out to get the encroached area back.
The station is likely to have three multi-storey buildings housing the station office, commercial outlets, vehicle parking lot, state-of-the-art waiting rooms and quick service restaurants among other facilities.