If union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi's assurances are anything to go by, swanky escalators, parking space and a shopping hub could be a reality at Dadar station in the next two years.
According to sources, the upcoming railway budget may announce station redevelopment projects. The estimated cost of the Dadar makeover project is Rs120 crore. "The plan is to get 22 entry-exit points, sufficient parking space, escalators, a separate shopping hub for Dadar station. The model may be replicated at other stations too," said Trivedi who examined the plan during his visit to the city last week.
The plan was presented to the railway ministry in December last year. The focus is on decongestion of platforms by allotment of separate space for hawkers and stalls on the roof.
"The roof plaza would offer open space, green landscape, multiple entry-exits to facilitate quick dispersal of commuters. The concept could be applied to all 51 stations in city and could create around 155 acres of open space," said architect PK Das, proprietor of the firm which drafted the blueprint for the Dadar station redevelopment project.
The railways ministry also plans to get private players involved in the redevelopment projects. "We can get into public-private-partnership (PPP) for the development for stations, which generate 30% of our revenue. Our system and stations are in need of upgradation. The private sector could help improve the tracks and station premises," said the minister.
A similar redevelopment plan for Khar railway station has been proposed by PK Das Associates with an estimated cost of Rs40-45 crore.
This plan has been submitted to the railway ministry whose comment on it is awaited.