The UT administration has approved the proposal of Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) for the modernisation of the city railway station.
The Centre has also chosen it as one of the five railway stations to be developed according to the international standards.
The IRSDC, in consultation with a German firm, has prepared a concept plan for the 500-acre railway land for its redevelopment. The proposal will provide up to 10 railway future extension along with minimum 150 metre wide green spaces along the track.
The development will be restricted to ground plus four floors, and will be done in accordance with the prevailing regulations of the UT and the Chandigarh Master Plan-2031.
Total 15-acre will be reserved for warehousing. The redevelopment plan, in addition to providing state-of-the-art international facilities to passengers and commuters, will also generate employment as a modern signaling equipment factory in an area of 10 acres.
The main approach road to the railway station will be widened up to 60 metres. For the convenience of public, an underpass has been proposed, which will link existing alternate route from the Industrial Area, Phase I, and the road coming from Panchkula between Sector 17 and 18.
The development and circulation facilities have also been planned to distribute traffic coming from Chandigarh and Panchkula.
UT adviser Vijay Dev said it was an historic day as two projects lingering for years had been put on the fast track. Now Chandigarh, too, would get India's first international standard railway station, he said.
The ministry of home affairs in April had clarified that the re-development and beautification of the city railway station would be done in accordance with the UT. However, the administration and the railway authorities were not coming on the same page to finalise the expansion plans.