A railway is an important mode of transportation in India. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people travel to their destinations on Indian Railways trains. The Ministry of Railways is also working to make trains more comfortable and to develop stations with modern technology to make passengers’ journeys easier. As a result, the railways have begun renovating stations under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme. This plan includes both long-term planning and daily consideration of railway station development.
In the past, Ashwini Vaishnav, the minister of railways, said that the government was planning to develop 1275 stations under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme. As planned, a maximum of 149 railway stations from Gujarat, 87 from West Bengal, 123 from Maharashtra, and 149 from Uttar Pradesh will be redeveloped.
This programme was launched in order to modernise Indian railway stations. The plan calls for the construction of waiting rooms, restrooms, elevators, and stairs. Other changes include free Wi-Fi, an improved passenger information system, an executive lounge, and so on. Entry will be organised from both ends to bring the railway station from the entire city to the centre. Other accessibility enhancements include the availability of ballastless rails and roof plazas.
In phase 1, the administration will take 87 stations in Gujarat. These stations include Ahmedabad, Anand, Ankleshwar, Asarwa, Bardoli, Bhachau, Bhaktinagar, Bhanvad, Bharuch, Bhatia, Bhavnagar, Bhestan, Bhildi, Bilimora (NG), Bilimora Junction, Botad Junction, Chandlodia, Chorwad Road, Dabhoi Junction, Dahod, Dakor, Derol, Dhrangadhra, Dwarka, Gandhidham, Godhra Junction, Gondal, Hapa, Himmatnagar, Jam Jodhpur, Jamnagar, and Jamwantali among others.
The duration required for construction is largely determined by the complexity of the railway station redevelopment programme. This involves the safety of both passengers and trains and necessitates a slew of statutory clearances from city and county governments. As a result, no time frame for completion can be specified.
The Amrit Bharat Station Scheme uses budgetary funds to build stations. A tiny fraction of stations is, however, also being explored for development under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) paradigm. The PPP strategy was used to open the Rani Kamlapati Railway Station in the state of Madhya Pradesh.