Heritage is getting overhauled. New Delhi’s dream of a world class railway station before the 2010 Commonwealth Games through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model is finally taking shape.
A consortium led by Terry Farrell and Partners of Hong Kong has won a global bid to conduct a pre-feasibility study to upgrade the six-decade old station, whose modernisation will kickstart a makeover for 21 stations across the country under a PPP model on the recommendations of an infrastructure panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station and stations at Howrah, Varanasi, Chennai, Chandigarh, Patna and Bhopal among other stations heading for a makeover under Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's dream to nurture old railway stations with heritage structures.
Under the plan, the main buildings and key facets will be largely untouched, while facilities will be introduced to improve amenities and space for the space as a whole.
Among the famous structures the Farrell consortium has designed and developed are the Inchon International Airport in Seoul, Korea, the British Intelligence MI6 Building in London and the Do Rossio station in Lisbon, Portugal.
According to sources in the railway ministry, the consortium has started groundwork for pre-feasibility study from August 10. The consortium has been asked to submit its report in the next five months.