The Union railway ministry has chalked out a Rs 1,000-crore redevelopment programme for the Amritsar Railway Station that envisages new platforms, LED lighting system, elevators, Wi-Fi, malls, smart parking.
Tenders for the project, to be carried out with international expertise, will be floated soon, said Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik in the House on Saturday.
Malik added that railway minister Suresh Prabhu has already given a formal approval to this project.
“Preliminary concept plan for the project has been developed and a presentation given to the engineering department of the railways. The advertisement for international design competition is likely to be ready within a month and half,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
“The tourism ministry has also sanctioned Rs 13 crore for the station and it will construct executive lounge on first floor,” he added.
NITI AAYOG OKAYS TO Rs 300CR 26KM FEROZEPURPATTI RAIL LINK
With the railways releasing Rs 300 crore for 25.47-km Ferozepur-Patti rail link — Patti (in Tarn Taran district) to Makhu (a rural town under Zira subdivision in Ferozepur district) — decks have been cleared for shorter travel between the northern states.
The project sanctioned by the Union railway ministry in 2013 had now also got the approval of the Niti Aayog. The link will connect Srinagar, Anantnag, Udhampur, Jammu, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Batala, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Patti, Ferozepur, Guruharsahai, Jalalabad, Fazilka and Abohar to Mumbai via Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan) which would ultimately promote the overall development of the entire backward border belt of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Rajasthan.