Six months after Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that Vasai Road station and Kurla Terminus, among 93 others in the country, would become multi-functional complexes (MFC), tenders have been called asking private developers to prepare a concept plan.
Railway Budget 2010-11 has called these MFCs India's answer to world-class stations.
Vasai Road and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Kurla station) will undergo major transformation in terms of infrastructure and passenger amenities.
The multi-functional complexes will house shopping malls, budget hotels, food plazas and restaurants, bookstalls, PCO/STD phone booths, ATM centres, medicine and general stores and multi-level parking.
The development of these MFCs has been entrusted to the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), which has now called for expression of interest from private developers for a concept plan for the 93 railway stations under the MFC scheme. "We have asked for developers who can prepare concept plans for one or more stations. The concept plan can differ from station to station depending on the demand made by the developer on the basis of local culture," said Anil Gupta, general manager (project), RLDA.
The location and plot sizes are being identified by RLDA, which will be located near the station building for easy access by rail users. They are looking at anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 sq metres per plot. However, a few plots may be as small as 200 sq metres depending on the availability of land at the station.
"On an average, we are expecting at least 1,500 sq metres of land to be available for each MFC. The cost of these plots will depend on the local market value of the land," said another RLDA official. These sites will be offered to private parties on a lease that could go up to 45 years.