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The New Delhi Railway Station is set to undergo a major renovation this year, which will be completed in three phases. Initially, the station’s only platform was between platform 16 Ajmeri Gate and platform 1 Paharganj.
The Indian government announced in 2022 that the New Delhi Railway Station would be renovated at the cost of Rs. 4,700 crores. The Union Cabinet had previously authorized Rs. 10,000 crores to fund the renovation of Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad railway stations.
According to the Indian Railways plans, the redeveloped New Delhi Railway Station will include 40-story twin towers, multi-level car parking, and designated pick-up and drop-off zones, among other amenities.
It is now regarded as one of the busiest stations in the country in terms of passenger traffic and train frequency. It has 16 platforms and 18 tracks, with platform 1 in Paharganj and platform 16 opening towards Ajmeri Gate.
According to the Indian railway officials, a redevelopment plan is set to begin in 2023, after a 15-year gap. The construction will start on platforms 1-5 in phase 1, 6-9 in phase 2, and 10-16 in phase 3.
Shapoorji Pallonji And L&T Submit Bids For The Redevelopment Of New Delhi Railway Station
Shapoorji Pallonji and Larsen and Toubro (L&T), two real estate giants, have submitted bids for the Rs 5,000 crore project involving the redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station, putting an end to years of speculation and uncertainty surrounding the mega project.
Despite the fact that Tata, ITD, NCC Limited, GMR Group, Shapoorji Pallonji, and L&T had expressed interest in the mega project and participated in the pre-bid meeting.
When bids were opened on March 10, only two players were found to have submitted tender documents. Now the bids would be evaluated before the opening of the financial bids.
The project would be given to the lowest bidder before 30 April 2023, maintaining RLDA, the agency responsible for executing the railway station redevelopment project.
After two failed attempts in 2001-2002 and 2008-2009, the Railways finally put the flagship initiative on track with Cabinet approval.
Obtaining all necessary permissions from the land-owning agency, civic authorities, and the city government were major roadblocks for the New Delhi station project, which was completed in 2008-2009.
The massive project calls for a twin dome-shaped facade to replace the existing structure at New Delhi Station. When completed, it will be an iconic structure associated with the National Capital city.
Source- Zee News