What is the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme?

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for 508 railway stations across the country on August 6, 2023. The cost of redevelopment of these 508 railway stations is over Rs 25 billion.

The Ministry of Railways has introduced a new policy called “Amrit Bharat Station” plan. Within the framework of the project, the aim is to modernize a total of 1,309 railway stations. The goal of this plan is to provide world-class services to passengers and enhance their overall experience while traveling.

The scheme implies the creation of a Master Plan for each station, considering its long-term requirements and the needs of its passengers. This will ensure that the retrofit process is efficient and tailored to the specific demands of each season.

PM lays the first stone for the remodeling of the 508 train stations @Narendra Modi Ji is a monumental initiative.

With the ‘Amrit Bharat Station Scheme’, Modi Ji is transforming Indian railways into a cradle of change, shaping the destiny of our nation… pic.twitter.com/HyRZej1cFx

– Amit Shah (@AmitShah)
August 6, 2023

According to PIB, the general objectives of the Amrit Bharat station plan are:

  • Prepare Master Plans for railway stations and implement them in phases to improve the facilities, even beyond the Minimum Essential Services (MEA).
  • Aim for the creation of Roof Plazas and urban centers in the stations in the long term.
  • Prioritize stakeholder needs and station use studies based on available funding.
  • Introduce new amenities and improve or replace existing ones.
  • Coverage of stations where techno-economic feasibility studies have been carried out.
  • Focus on implementing Master Plans in phases, with special emphasis on relocating structures and utilities as needed.

Learn how India is making the railway sector green. #StationsAmritBharat pic.twitter.com/2kM3din0q1

-Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
August 6, 2023

The scope of work under the Amrit Bharat Station plan includes the following:

  • Enhance the structure and create aesthetically pleasing entry porches cost-effectively.
  • Relocate older buildings efficiently to make room for priority passenger activities and future development.
  • Minimize the construction of new buildings, except for necessary relocations or improvements.
  • Provide combined waiting rooms and good cafeteria/retail facilities where possible.
  • Allocate space for at least two booths for “One Station, One Product.”
  • Create space for executive lounges and meeting areas for small businesses.
  • Install aesthetically designed billboards (signs) to display important information.
  • Improve access to stations with wider roads, adequate signage, pedestrian pathways, parking areas, and better lighting.
  • Incorporate landscaping, green space, and local art and culture to enhance the resort experience.
  • Install high level platforms and slab tracks on platform lines and train maintenance facilities.
  • Ensure proper drainage of deck areas with self-cleaning drains and aesthetically designed covers.
  • Cover cables in aesthetically designed conduit with provisions for future cables.
  • Provide free WiFi access at the station and reserve spaces for 5G towers.
  • Use highly durable, dust-resistant and low-maintenance materials.
  • Plan more comfortable and durable furniture in waiting rooms, platforms, retreat rooms and offices.
  • Implement well-designed, visible signage for orientation and improve public announcement systems.
  • Install escalators in certain categories of stations, regardless of the influx of people.
  • Provide services for Divyangjan (people with disabilities) as per the guidelines of the Railway Board.
  • Install ceremonial flags in the appropriate spaces of the station.
  • Use LED-based station name boards with good visibility to passing trains.
  • Provide an adequate number of toilets with separate provisions for women and Divyangjan.

Of the 508 stations whose refurbishment has started, 48 are in Bihar, 31 in Assam and 18 in Andhra Pradesh.

Bihar

AN Road, Lakhminia, Salauna, Kahalgaon, Naugachia, Pirpainti, Sultanganj, Ara, Bihiya, Dumraon, Raghunathpur, Darbhanga Junction, Gaya Junction, Paharpur, Jamui, Simultala, Jehanabad, Bhabua Road, Durgauti, Kudra, Barsoi Junction, Khagaria Junction, Mansi Junction, Kishanganj, Thakurganj, Jaynagar, Madhubani, Sakri, Jamalpur Junction, Dholi, Muzaffarpur Junction, Ram Dayalu Nagar, Bihar Sharif, Rajgir, Narkatiaganj, Sagauli, Bakhtiyarpur, Barh, Fatuha, Taregna, Bapudham Motihari, Banmankhi, Sasaram, Saharsa , Dalsingh Sarai, Samastipur, Sonpur Junction, Sitamarhi and Hajipur Junction.

Assam

New Bongaigaon Junction, Arunachal, Dhubri, Gauripur, Dibrugarh, Duliajan, Naharkatiya, Namrup, New Halflong, Sarupathar, Lumding Junction, Jorhat Town, Mariani, Narangi, Rangiya Junction, Diphu, New Karimganj Junction, Fakiragram Junction, Gossaigaon Hat, Kokrajhar, Jagi Road, Chaparmukh, Hojai, Lanka, Amguri, Sibsagar Town, Simlaguri, Rangapara North Junction, Makum Junction, Margherita, New Tinsukia and Tinsukia.

Andhra Pradesh

Kakinada City Junction, Tuni, Piduguralla, Repalle, Tenali, Kurnool City, Donakonda, Ongole, Singaraykonda, Palasa, Anakapalle, Duvvada, Vizianagaram Junction, Bhimavaram City, Eluru, Narasapur, Nidadavolu Junction and Tadepalliguem.

With this important step towards progress and better infrastructure, passengers can expect better facilities and services at railway stations across the country. The Amrit Bharat Station plan aims to create comfortable and convenient spaces for travelers, making their journeys more enjoyable and hassle-free.

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