The Rs 653cr Secunderabad Redevelopment project is expected to kick off by year-end with officials gearing up to open the tender process by month-end. The plan envisages a major upgrade of the station complex with a total built-up area of 1.59lakh sqm.
From multi-level parking to building the largest sky concourse, South Central Railway aims to provide facilities at par with an international airport. Major works under the project include the construction of a double-storied sky concourse of 108m width. While the first tier will serve as a waiting area, the second will be the rooftop plaza. Also, four existing foot over bridges will be dismantled and reconstructed. The divisional railway manager of Secunderabad railway divi sion Abhay Kumar Gupta explained that the passenger arrival and departure sections will be segregated.
“Passengers boarding a train will enter directly into platform number 1/10 or through sky concourse on platforms 2 to 9. Those arriving will come out through exit blocks located at minus 1 level. Drop-off and pick-up locations have been planned to prevent cross-movement of passengers and vehicles,” Gupta said.
The master plan also includes construction of two walkways of 7.5m width along with travelators on the north and south flank for arrivals. Officials also reached out to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for widening of the existing approach road towards the north terminal of Secunderabad station (between Alpha Hotel–Rathifile Bus Bay) from 60ft to 120ft over a 432. 5m stretch to declog the area.
“The state government has responded positively to make necessary arrangements. We also requested them to consider moving the existing bus bay opposite the north terminal towards Old Gandhi Hospital. This will aid in decongestion,” Gupta added. Also, the redeveloped station would be directly connected to both Secunderabad East and West metro stations with skyways. Officials said, discussions with Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited have been positive on this front.