The `45-lakh makeover
The Western Railway plans to redo and convert all suburban stations between Marine Lines and Andheri as ‘model’ stations, under the Adarsh scheme announced in the 2010 Railway Budget.mumbai Updated: Jan 21, 2011 02:40 IST
Your railway station will soon get a makeover.
The Western Railway plans to redo and convert all suburban stations between Marine Lines and Andheri as ‘model’ stations, under the Adarsh scheme announced in the 2010 Railway Budget.
“We plan to give these stations a world-class look, as part of the Adarsh scheme proposed by the ministry [railway],” said a railway official, on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The estimated initial cost of the project is Rs 45 lakh.
Besides a fresh coat of paint, the renovation work will include building adequate toilets and better drinking water facilities, fixing roofs, repairing ticket booking and stationmasters’ offices, installing murals and paintings at important stations.
The Western Railway will give rope in private contractors, who will be expected to paint the station buildings, roofs and platform copings within three months after the contract is awarded. Tenders for the contract will be issued in February.
“Stations have already been identified for this [makeover] under the Adarsh scheme,” said S. Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, Western Railway.
Some of the stations identified under the scheme by railway minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2010 railway budget include Andheri, Santacruz, Bandra, Matunga, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Charni Road, Marine Lines, Virar and Churchgate.
Sources said that work on installing glass façades at select station buildings will also begin gradually.
Meanwhile, work on major stations under this scheme is underway. The railway authorities have already renovated and constructed new station buildings at Andheri and Borivli stations. These stations have swank granite floors, huge windows and murals displaying the specialty of the stations.
At Borivli station, they have placed century-old wheels of an engine on display.
At Churchgate station, workers are currently fixing a glass façade on the exterior. Later the station building will be converted it into a centralised air-conditioned structure.