Big decision of Indian Railways, instead of handing over to private companies, 51 stations will be replaced by Surat, tenders will open in July
Bhopal : A different story has emerged amid reports of privatization of various railway works. Now the railways will shift the responsibility of redevelopment of its stations not to private companies but at their own expense. It has also been started. The 51 main stations will be developed under the Engineering, Management and Construction (EPC) model.
In this model, which has been going on for years, the work is being done on contract by the contractors. According to an estimate, about Rs 10,000 crore will be spent on these 51 stations. Railway Land Development Authority has been made the nodal agency for their development. The agency has completed the tender process for two stations. Tender process is going on for two. Tenders will also be issued for the remaining 47 stations. A senior official in the office of the vice-chairman in the Railway Land Development Authority said the tender for the EPC model was approved after an agreement was reached between the central government and the railway board to spend the money. The number of stations may increase. The information will also be made public after the completion of tenders of all the major stations.
It is to be known that Rani Kamlapati Railway Station Bhopal has been developed under Public Private Partnership (PPP). It is estimated that Rs 400 crore will be spent on this. Of this, about Rs 100 crore has been spent on passenger amenities. The remaining Rs 300 crore is being spent on business activities. This money is being invested by a private company. In return, the railways leased the valuable land in and around the station to the developer company for 45 years. The developer shall have all rights except the revenue from the transportation of passengers and goods. Railways had also expressed its intention to develop these 51 stations under this model.
Hence the PPP model
A Railway Board official said the experience of developing the stations on the PPP model was not good. It is also not right to give your assets to private companies for a long time. If in future the railways has to make any changes at the respective stations, then it is bound to be stalled due to PPP. Due to all these reasons, Railways abandoned the PPP model.
Railways is going to redevelop these 51 stations
Tender process complete: went to Tirupati.
Tenders are open for: Udhna and Somnath.
Tenders for these stations will open in the first week of July: Delhi Cantt, Charbagh (Lucknow), Ghaziabad, Udaipur, Kota, Okania Lake, Ludhiana, Gwalior, Faridabad, Nagpur, Bhubaneshwar, Rameswaram, Ernakulam, Kanyakumari, Puducherry, Muzaffarpur. , Katpadi, Jammu-Tawi, Bangalore Cantt, New Jalpaiguri, Jalandhar Cantt, Secunderabad, Sabarmati, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Prayagraj and Visakhapatnam.
Tenders for the following stations in the second week of July: Andheri (Mumbai), New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal (Mumbai), Surat, Asansol, Indore, New Bhuj, Yesvantpur, Khandwa and Ahmedabad.