Constructed in 1905, the Ludhiana railway station is all set for a major overhaul. For this, French National Railway Company — which visited the city railway station on Saturday — promised to bear 50% of the total cost to be spent on consultancy services for the renovation of the station.
The remaining cost will be borne by the railway authorities here. The total cost of consultancy services is Rs 3.15 crore.
The railway authorities and French government’s delegation of SNCF consultancy during the meeting discussed a series of upgrade plans under the ‘Make in India’ campaign, a dream project of PM Narendra Modi.
Architect Eric Dussiot, one of the representatives from the French Consultancy Company, presented the work which they had executed in cities of France through presentations and assured that city station would be modernised on the same lines.
The foreign delegation said that it would submit the whole project report for modernisation of station within six months and the work will begin after the completion of report.
Northern Railways Ferozepur division officials said, “City railway station has been selected for upgrade as it is one of the busiest stations with an average footfall of 70,000 people daily.”
Sharing their problems and suggestions, railway engineers and divisional managers raised issues shortage of platforms, low speed trains and lack of infrastructure among others.
Rail traffic management problem was also discussed. French team said that to resolve the issue either the speed of trains would have to be increased or more tracks would be installed. They said that a train from Delhi to Chandigarh will be started that will run at speed of 200 km/hour.
Northern Railways division railway manager Anuj Prakash said, “People could see the new look of city railway station in next three or four years as major changes are in store. Fun places, shopping complex, better eating joints, proper resting area, wifi facility, renovation of building among others have been included in the upgrade.”