According to the Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal, Station Redevelopment Program should be implemented at low cost in view of the financial condition of Indian Railways and the paying capacity of public. “There is a need for finding solutions that meet the aspirations of travelling public at low cost,” the Railway Minister said in a meeting with Architects and Planners to discuss issues related to Station Redevelopment Program. A total of 110 professionals from 54 firms participated in the meeting.
This consultation meeting held with Architects was aimed to understand the issues and difficulties in participating in development/redevelopment of railway stations. The discussions were held on wide range of issues from the difficulties that the architects and planners are facing in participating in station redevelopment program; modifications required in various documents guiding the station design; general direction that station redevelopment program shall take. Railway Minister assured the participants that as desired the empanelment will be made in more categories; name of the Architect will be included in the plaque. The Minster also directed IRSDC to take up capacity building of Consultants as Station Development is as yet a new field. Goyal also stated that young architects and planners shall also be involved in the station development program and they may be engaged for smaller/simpler stations.
It may be recalled that Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), as the nodal agency, is taking up redevelopment of around 600 major Railway stations across the country. Towards this objective of stakeholders consultation, an idea competition for development of 635 stations of Indian Railways, SRIJAN (Station Rejuvenation Initiative through Joint Action) has been launched at MyGov portal since 26.01.2018.
This mammoth exercise will kickstart the program worth Rs 1,00,000 crore investments and requires extensive involvement of engineers, planners, architects and other professionals besides the contractors and developers.