Enchanting pictures of proposed new Ahmedabad Railway Station

Ahmedabad: The Union Cabinet today approved Indian Railways’ proposal for the re-development of 3 major railway stations – New Delhi, Ahmedabad and CSMT, Mumbai. The project involves an investment of approximately Rs 10,000 crores.

The design of the new station in Ahmedabad will be inspired by the iconic Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat.  Iconic towers and huge arch inspired by the Modera Sun temple will create a new identity for the city. 648 m by 140 m wide roof plaza will be built above tracks. the station will have integrated connectivity with bullet trains, metro stations, existing BRT, city buses and taxis. Elevated roads having 13-lane are planned for kilometres around the station.

The redevelopment of these three stations will generate about 34,744 jobs. It will emphasise on green building techniques and Divyang-friendly facilities. This project will enhance the travelling experience of about 2 million passengers.

The standard elements of station design will be:

  1. Every station will have a spacious roof plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities.
  2. Both sides of the city will be connected with the station, with the station building on both sides of Railway tracks.
  3. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children, place for local products, etc will be available.
  4. The stations located within the city will have a city center like place.
  5. To make the stations comfortable, there will be proper illumination, way finding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/travelators.
  6. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.
  7. There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc.
  8. Green Building Techniques will be used, with solar energy, water conservation/recycling and improved tree cover.
  9. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang friendly facilities.
  10. These stations will be developed on the concept of intelligent building.
  11. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, Clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms.
  12.  The stations will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.
  13. These will be iconic station buildings.