Pune’s Shivajinagar station is one of the five stations in the country identified by the Indian Railways for re-development,under the new Public Private Partnership (PPP) model adopted by it for modernisation of railway infrastructure.
The plan includes development of well-designed and spacious platforms,high-quality waiting rooms,avenues for easy access to the platforms,congestion free concourses,modern and state of the art catering facilities among other things.
Five railway stations in the country selected to be developed in the first phase of the ambitious project of the railway include Anand Vihar and Bijwasan stations in New Delhi,Habibganj in Bhopal,Shivajinagar (Pune) and Chandigarh Railway Station.
Contracts for architectural consultancy for four stations have been awarded,while the fifth is yet to be finalised. Tender for financial and bid advisory consultant for these stations is also under finalisation.
Shivajinagar is the only station from the Central Railway selected for the project. The plan is to exploit the commercial potential of the railway land and the station space for redevelopment of the stations. The announcement has recently been done and nitty-gritties of the project are yet to be finalised, said V A Malegaonkar,chief PRO,Central Railway.
The project is being sponsored by an Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRDC),a joint venture between our two Public Sector Utilities IRCON and RLDA. These five stations have been given to this corporation for development, a press statement issued by the Railways,read.
In his budget speech,Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal had envisaged investments of Rs 1 lakh crore through public private partnership (PPP) projects.
For want of the availability of funds,the infrastructure development of Pune station,Shivajinagar station and other suburban stations in the city is pending for years. In this light,the creation of state of the art facilities at the Shivajinagar station comes as a great relief ,especially for the local commuters.