The Rail Land Growth Authority (RLDA) plans to ask request for proposal (RFP) from 9 corporations for the redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station (NDRS), India’s largest and second busiest railway facility, officers aware about the event mentioned.
They mentioned work on the primary section of the undertaking is anticipated to begin subsequent 12 months.
RLDA has additionally ready a site visitors circulation and enchancment plan for the station and its surrounding areas. The plan was submitted to the Unified Visitors and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC), the apex physique for approval of site visitors plans in Delhi, in July.
A senior UTTIPEC official mentioned, “RLDA has submitted the plan. Now we have requested them to offer some extra info.”
RLDA vice-chairman Ved Parkash Dudeja mentioned they intention to make New Delhi station an iconic construction with large-scale infrastructure growth in and round it. “Whereas the event on the station will present state-of-the-art amenities to passengers, we now have additionally made an in depth plan to decongest the world. We are going to invite the RFP for the primary section of works, which entails station growth, business centres, that can start by September-end or early October, and we plan to begin the development work by subsequent 12 months.”
The redevelopment plan, estimated to value round ₹14,000 crore, might be applied in two phases and might be based mostly on the Centre’s Transit Oriented Growth (TOD) coverage. Of the 160 acres of land the place new developments have been proposed, work on round 85 acres might be taken up within the first section at a value of ₹6,500.
Within the first section, the railway growth physique plans to assemble a 70 metres excessive dome-shaped constructing (infinity tower), 40-storey twin towers and enterprise district, offering workplace and business house, multilevel car-parking on both aspect of the station (Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate) for five,000 autos, retail hub, pedestrian boulevard, and so forth. It can additionally improve the street community across the station.
The revamp of the New Delhi station, which handles roughly 450,000 passengers each day (160-170 million passengers yearly), has been occurring since 2007. Dudeja mentioned the preliminary plan was not applied because it required shutting down half of the station for 3 years and the opposite half for one more three years.
“The preliminary plan was a bit sophisticated because it concerned aligning all of the railway tracks, for which it was necessary to shut half of the station in a phased method over a interval of six years. It’s not attainable to droop practice operations on the station, which is the second busiest in India. Within the new plan, we won’t have to shut the tracks for such a protracted period,” mentioned Dudeja.
Within the new plan, RLDA has proposed a 70m-high dome-shaped constructing above the tracks. A big concourse of the constructing might be linked to all of the 16 platforms, and amenities reminiscent of retail, lounge, restrooms might be there above the tracks; multilevel parking tons, workplace complexes might be a part of the bigger station complicated.
On the concourse, there might be two arrival and departure factors every. The concourse might be linked to multilevel automotive parking-cum-office areas on both aspect of the station via skywalks. “Presently, all of the buses are parked on the principle street. The brand new facility could have a bus bay on the bottom flooring with a capability of as much as 100 buses. The parking tons might be linked to the station constructing on the concourse stage. The complete space might be accessible to all,” mentioned an RLDA official.
Earlier this 12 months, RLDA finalised 9 nationwide and worldwide corporations based mostly on the request for citation it acquired for the undertaking.
Because the undertaking requires coordination with a number of companies, RLDA officers mentioned they’ve been holding common conferences with numerous departments.
RLDA officers mentioned additionally they plan to run battery operated automobiles or carts to attach all of the buildings.
Within the second section, RLDA plans to develop the remaining 75 acres with concentrate on growing inexperienced areas as floor protection might be lower than 25%.Redevelopment of railway residential colonies, and different residential items may even be taken up within the second section.
The business district, which incorporates 40-storey twin towers for business functions, retail amenities, and so forth, are proposed to be positioned close to Bhavabhuti Marg, close to the Civic Centre (municipal headquarters).
RLDA officers mentioned the works deliberate within the first section might be accomplished inside 4 years.
A Okay Jain, former planning commissioner at DDA, mentioned, “Whereas redevelopment of the world is the necessity of the hour, concentrating business developments in just a few pockets isn’t a good suggestion. It can solely end in extra congestion, particularly within the coronary heart of the town. Industrial growth must be deliberate alongside the railway observe from Previous Delhi station to Nizammudin railway station. This can assist in distributing site visitors. The railways have lots of property in Delhi. As a substitute of establishing massive business areas round New Delhi station, it ought to develop areas round Dwarka, Anand Vihar, and so forth.”