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50 stations to get world class facilities

Last updated on: July 03, 2009 14:18 IST
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee presented the Railway Budget on Friday.

In her third Railway Budget speech, Banerjee said 50 stations will be turned into world-class stations with international facilities.

Banerjee said that these stations would be developed through innovative financing and in Public Private Partnership mode.

Some of these stations are: CST Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Howrah, Sealdah, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Amritsar, Kanpur, Guwahati, Jaipur, Chennai Central, Tiruvananthapuram Central, Secunderabad, Tirupati, Bangalore City, Baiyapanahali (Bangalore), Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Habibganj, Gaya Jn., Agra Cantt., Mathura Jn., Chandigarh, Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, Majerhat, Mangalore, Porbandar, Anand Vihar, Brijwasan, Ajmer Jn., and Puri. Moreover, of the 375 stations 309 have been identified for further development. 

These stations would have shopping areas, PCO, STD-ISD, fax, book shops, variety stores and budget hotels. The responsibility of  the construction of these multifunctional stations would be given to Rail Land Development Authority.

Multi-Functional Complexes in 50 stations
The Union Minister of Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee has announced the construction of Multi-Functional Complexes (MFCs) in station premises for providing rail users facilities like shopping, food stalls and restaurants.

The MFCs will also have book stalls, PCO/STD/ISD/Fax booths, medicine & variety stores, budget hotels, underground parking etc.

Banerjee said 50 such railway stations would be developed in places of pilgrimage, industry and tourist interest. She said that responsibility for development of Multi-functional Complexes would be entrusted to IRCON and Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA).

The 49 identified stations to be developed as MFCs are: Alipurduar, Allahabad, Anandpur Sahib, Banspani, Bikaner, Bilaspur, Cuttack, Darjeeling, Dehradun, Digha, Durg, Ernakulum, Gandhidham, Ganga Sagar, Ghatsila, Gwalior, Hajur Sahib, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jammu Tawi, Jasidih, Jhansi, Jodhpur, Kanyakumari, Kathgodam, Katra, Khajuraho, Madurai, Manmad, Mysore, Nanded, Nasik, Palakkad, Parasnath, Raebareily, Raipur, Rajgir, Rameshwaram, Ranchi, Shirdi, Silchar, Tarapith, Tiruchirapalli, Udaipur, Ujjain, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam.

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