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Railways to offer 20 stations to Malaysia for redevelopment

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on June 07, 2017

HYDERABAD, 15-05-2012: A view of the Secunderabad railway station on Tuesday. PHOTO: K_RAMESH BABU

The Indian Railways is firming up plans to join hands with Malaysia to redevelop about 20 stations in Tier-II cities across the country.

Aimed at attracting nearly Rs 1 lakh crore private investment, the station redevelopment project envisages infrastructure revamp at platforms and circulating areas.

It also entails commercial exploitation of station areas for constructing hotels, eateries, multiplexes, shopping malls and office complexes, among others, for the use of developers for a period of 45 years.

The Centre, state and local governments are providing support to transform these not-so-big cities into business havens and fast growing cities.

While cities such as Delhi and Mumbai are in the Tier-I category, cities such as Faridabad, Cuttack, Amritsar, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Jammu, and Bikaner are considered Tier-II cities.

A long-term partnership will be forged with Malaysia on a government-to-government basis to offer about 20 stations to the South-East Asian country, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Railways have already launched the ambitious project by offering about 400 stations to be redeveloped on the PPP model, envisaging investment of about Rs 1 lakh crore.

The iconic Howrah station, Mumbai Central and Chennai Central are among the 23 railway stations that will be redeveloped in the first of the project, which aims to make the best use of the assets of the stations.

A meeting was recently held with Malaysian officials, where they showed keen interest in the station redevelopment project.

While Malaysia is participating in the bidding process for 23 stations, the railways are considering offering about 20 stations separately, involving about Rs 10,000 crore investment, on a government-to-government partnership basis, the official added.

The long-term partnership scheme in the station redevelopment project with Malaysia will be launched after getting Cabinet approval.

Other stations being modernised in the first phase include Pune, Thane, Visakhapatnam, Kamakhya, Jammu Tawi, Udaipur City, Secunderabad, Vijaywada, Ranchi, Kozhikode, Yesvantpur, Bangalore Cantt, Bhopal, Bandra Terminus, Borivali and Indore.

Bhopal station has already been awarded to a developer for redevelopment.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the start of the Rs 450-crore project, involving construction of a hotel, hospital, parking lot, office and restaurant at the station premises.

The developer will hold the rights for commercial exploitation of the land for a period of 45 years, while ownership of the land would remain with the Railways.

Published on June 07, 2017
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