20 well-known companies come forward to redevelop New Delhi railway station

New Delhi, Sep 15 (UNI) Twenty well-known companies from across the country and abroad took part in the pre-tender meeting held on Tuesday for an ambitious project with an investment of around Rs 6,500 crore to redevelop the main railway station of the country’s capital, New Delhi Station.
The meeting, organised by the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA), was enthusiastically attended by 20 national and international companies, including French national rail company SNCF, Arabian Construction Company, Anchorage Infrastructure, Adani, GMR, and JKB Infra.
The objective of this ambitious project is to develop the New Delhi Railway Station as a multi-model hub
equipped with basic and state-of-the-art facilities. This includes elevated concourse, multi-level car parking
for passengers among others.
The project will be developed on a Design-Build Finance Operate Transfer (DBFOT) model for a concession period of 60 years. The estimated cost for the project is about Rs 6,500 crore and it is targeted to be completed in about four years.
RLDA Vice President Ved Prakash Dudeja told reporters, “Major global firms have shown interest in redeveloping the New Delhi railway station. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of New India, the project aims to transform New Delhi railway station into a world-class transit hub. The station will be a world class one-stop destination for retail, commercial, and hospitality businesses. The redevelopment of the station will not only boost tourism but at the same time increase the investment potential in New Delhi and surrounding areas.”
The contracting company in the project will earn revenue from the passenger handling fees collected from the
passengers through ticket sales, passenger amenities within the station such as retail area, lounge, parking,
advertising space and F&B and development and lease of commercial property.
The multi-phase project involves not only the railway station but also the renovation of the station-linked
structures, railway offices and residential premises. The main features of the planned redevelopment of the
station include separate space for arriving and departing passengers, renovation of platforms, lounge for
passenger facilities, food courts and toilets, elevated road network with multiple entry and exit points,
multi-level car parking facility and green building provisions such as natural ventilation and lighting are
New Delhi Railway Station is the largest and second busiest railway station in the country and serves about
four and a half million passengers (approximately 16-17 crore passengers annually). This station handles about
400 trains daily. Operational capacity is expected to increase after redevelopment and better operating
RLDA is currently operating in a phased manner at 62 stations, while its subsidiary IRSDC has selected another
61 stations to be redeveloped. In the first phase, RLDA has prioritised major stations such as New Delhi,
Tirupati, Dehradun, Nellore and Puducherry for redevelopment. Railway stations across the country will be
redeveloped on the PPP model as a part of the government-initiated smart city projects.
RLDA is also currently working on redevelopment projects for 84 railway colony and has recently leased a railway colony in Guwahati for redevelopment.


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