New Delhi Railway Station facelift

With an aim to make it the ‘face of Delhi’, the railway ministry may soon turn the New Delhi Railway Station into a world-class facility modelled on the famous Beijing and Kowloon stations in China. If sources in the ministry are to be believed, even the landscape around Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj might change because of that.According to ministry officials, 12 consortiums of Indian construction firms with international collaborators including the Russian Railways (which looks after 85,000 km of rail tracks), the Rs 25 billion worth Deutsche Bahn AG (a German National Railway subsidiary), the state-owned China Railways 18 Bureau Group and the government controlled Grandi Stazioni SPA which runs 13 major railway stations in Italy are all in the fray for the lucrative Rs 6,000 crore New Delhi Station modernisation project.Some of the Indian entities in the consortium include the GVK group, DS Constructions, DLF and MGF Land limited. Deutsche Bahn AG and Mumbai-based realtor DB Realty Private Limited has emerged with the highest score in technical qualification followed by the Grand Stazioni SPA-Trif Infrastructure consortium.‘‘The railways will select six companies on the basis of their scores (based on a complex formula that includes years of experience, net worth and turnover among other criteria) in the final technical bid from the initial 12 chosen so far. These six will be called for a financial bid,’’ said a senior Indian Railways official.‘‘The project will take up 86 hectares of prime land around the present station and is estimated to cost around Rs 6,000 crore. It is expected to cater to 7 lakh passengers from the present 3.5 lakh and more than 300 trains every day,’’ said an official. The traffic is expected to grow at 4% annually.A railway official hinted that there would be some unique features in the station. ‘‘Like any airport, there will be segregated corridors for incoming and outgoing passengers, commercial centres with food courts, ATMs, AC restrooms, shopping plaza, forex kiosks, bookshops and touchscreen televisions.

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