It will take at least another two years for the Chandigarh railway station to flaunt the status of being a “world-class” station. This was stated by additional general manager, Northern Railways, SK Agarwal on Wednesday while talking to mediapersons after carrying out an inspection of the station.
“The project will face a minimum of two years delay as the public-private partnership mode has been facing major hurdles. A special purpose vehicle is yet to be formed,” said Agarwal.
The special purpose vehicle is a body which will be responsible for development of stations across the country.
“The station authorities are not maintaining passenger complaint register properly. The complaint book should have proper entries and be readily available to passengers. It is one way of feedback and will help in improvements at the station,” said Agarwal.
Passenger traffic for short-distance trains fell 4-5% last year
According to Agarwal, the number of passengers opting for unreserved trains that ply for short-distances between two major cities saw a decrease of 4-5 per cent across the country last year. He cited ‘economic slowdown’ as the factor.
Last month, the UT administration, in accordance with the Railways, had approved a concept plan for the “redevelopment” of 500 acres of the railway land.
According to the plan, the railway station was to be selffinanced project for the commercial development and will house hotels, malls and commercial establishments. Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), in consultation with a German consultant, had prepared the concept plan for its redevelopment.