PM Narendra Modi Announces Plans to redevelop 508 Train Stations across India

As part of the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi essentially laid the cornerstone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations across India on Sunday. Over INR 24,470 crore will be spent on the redevelopment of these stations. Master plans are being created for the development of these stations as “City Centres,” properly integrating both sides of the city. According to the statement, the holistic vision of the city’s overall urban development, centered on the railroad station, is what motivates this integrated approach.

According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the project will improve “Ease of Living” and increase convenience as well as comfort.

PM Narendra Modi announced the event’s specifics on his Twitter account the day before, claiming that it would be a landmark day for the railway sector. He wrote, “Tomorrow, August 6, is a landmark day for the railways sector. At 11 AM, the foundation stone to redevelop 508 railway stations across India will be laid under the historic ‘Amrit Bharat Station Scheme’. At a cost of almost ₹25,000 crore, the redevelopment will revolutionise how rail infrastructure is imagined in our nation. It will boost ‘Ease of Living’ and enhance comfort as well as convenience. Special care has also been taken to ensure the stations are in line with local culture, heritage, and architecture.”

The 508 stations are dispersed among 16 states and union territories, with 55 stations each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, 49 in Bihar, 44 in Maharashtra, 37 in West Bengal, 34 in Madhya Pradesh, 32 in Assam, 25 in Odisha, 22 in Punjab, 21 in Gujarat and Telangana, 20 in Jharkhand, 18 in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, 15 in Haryana, and 13 in Karnataka.

Kanpur Central, Jhansi, and Lucknow’s Badshahnagar are a few of the well-known railway stations in Uttar Pradesh that are currently undergoing renovation. According to the report, Jhansi will cost Rs477 crore, while Kanpur Central station will receive an estimated Rs767 crore in redevelopment over the next three years.

Along with ensuring well-designed traffic circulation, intermodal integration, and well-designed signage for passenger guidance, the redevelopment will offer contemporary passenger amenities. The architecture, heritage, and culture of the region will serve as inspiration for the design of the station buildings.