New Delhi: With a Rs 10,000-crore plan to
give a facelift to New Delhi railway station making little
headway, Railways are working on a fresh proposal to give an
"international feel" to the facility as originally envisaged
at a fraction of the earlier estimated cost.
"The new proposal will replace the earlier plan and
involves an investment of a little over Rs 150 crore, which is
a fraction of Rs 10,000 crore as envisaged for converting it
into a world class one," according to senior railway
A presentation in this regard has already been made before
the Railway Board including the Railway Minister.
The proposal also includes converting Old Delhi and Hazrat
Nizamuddin stations with matching modern day requirements and
The total anticipated cost for transforming all the three
stations has been pegged at Rs 250 crore.
"Railway Board, however, feels that the cost can be
further rationalised and has asked Northern Railway to
fine tune the proposal in line with the available resources,"
Northern railway sources felt the modernisation programme
of the three station needs to be expedited in view of the
rising traffic and increased passenger rush.
New Delhi station alone handles over 300 trains and seven
lakh passengers per day, making it one of the busiest stations
in the country.
The new proposal includes separation of arrival and
departure areas, regulating entry and exit at the main gates,
modern high capacity parking lot, food courts, lounge etc.
The modernisation programme for New Delhi station also
includes separating the ticketing area from the concourse,
relocating the railway mail service and improving other areas
such as parcel, washing lines base kitchen and food handling.
The proposal has provisions for hassle-free approaches to
the station, controlling access to platforms, extensive use of
stainless steel in passenger areas.
Railways had earlier proposed to convert New Delhi station
along with several other important stations across the country
into world class stations, but the plans have not yet
The ambitious plans included converting the stations
through PPP mode boasting of a state of the art
Things, however, did not look as promising. In case of New
Delhi station, civic bodies including Delhi traffic police
objected to the proposal on technical grounds.
There has been no headway since then, the officials said.