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SVJR/Shivajinagar (2 PFs)
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Track: Double Electric-Line

Type of Station: Regular
Number of Platforms: 2
Number of Halting Trains: 64
Number of Originating Trains: 2
Number of Terminating Trains: 2
Near MSRTC Bus Stand, Tel: 020-25536092, Shivajinagar, Pune 411005
State: Maharashtra
Elevation: 552 m above sea level
Zone: CR/Central
Division: Pune
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May 04 2016 (10:57)  शिवाजीनगर रेल्वे स्थानकाचा चेहरामोहरा बदलणार (online3.esakal.com)
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May 04 2016 (10:57AM)
Station Tag: Shivajinagar/SVJR added by ameyambre/16020

Posted by: ameyambre  1764 news posts
रेल्वे स्थानकांत एकात्मिक प्रवासी वाहतूक सुविधा पुरवणार; सुरत येथे पहिले हब
मुंबई - भारतीय रेल्वे स्थानक विकास महामंडळातर्फे देशातील रेल्वे स्थानकांमध्ये एकात्मिक प्रवासी वाहतुकीची सुविधा पुरवण्यात येणार आहे. या प्रकल्पांतर्गत सुरत येथे पहिले हब उभारण्यात येणार आहे. तर पुणे येथील शिवाजीनगर रेल्वे स्थानकात असे हब उभारण्याबाबत सकारात्मक चर्चा झाली आहे. या प्रकल्पात केंद्र सरकार, राज्य सरकार व स्थानिक महापालिकेचा समावेश राहणार आहे. यात रेल्वे प्रवाशांना बाहेर जाण्यासाठी बससेवा, रिक्षा, टॅक्‍सी, खासगी वाहने आदी सुविधा एकाच छताखाली पुरवण्यात येतील.
देशातील एकूण चारशे स्थानकांमध्ये टप्प्याटप्प्याने ही योजना राबवण्यात येईल. पहिल्या टप्प्यात सुरत येथे
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पहिले हब उभारण्यात येणार असून, त्यानंतर इतर सात स्थानकात ही योजना राबवण्यात येणार आहे. सुरतचा अनुभव लक्षात घेऊन इतर स्थानकांमध्ये आवश्‍यक भासल्यास बदल करण्यात येईल. पुणे येथील शिवाजीनगर रेल्वे स्थानकात असे हब उभारण्याबाबत भारतीय रेल्वे स्थानक विकास महामंडळ, पुणे महापालिका व राज्याच्या नगरविकास खात्याच्या अधिकाऱ्यांची बैठक झाली आहे. या प्रकल्पाला लवकरच मंजुरी मिळण्याची शक्‍यता आहे, अशी माहिती भारतीय रेल्वे स्थानक विकास महामंडळाचे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी संजीव कुमार लोहिया यांनी दिली.
शिवाजीनगर स्थानकात हब उभारण्यासाठी रेल्वेची जमीन वापरण्यात येणार आहे. मात्र, इतर सुविधा आणि नियोजनासाठी राज्य सरकार, महापालिका यांच्याशी चर्चा झाली आहे. त्यासाठीची मंजुरी प्रक्रिया पार पडली असून, कायदेशीर बाबी पूर्ण होताच निविदा प्रक्रिया सुरू करण्यात येणार असल्याचे लोहिया यांनी सांगितले.
पश्‍चिम रेल्वेच्या चर्चगेट येथील मुख्यालयात आज झालेल्या बैठकीत सुरत येथे उभारण्यात येणारा प्रकल्प आणि शिवाजीनगर येथे मल्टी मॉडेल ट्रान्स्पोर्टेशन हब उभारण्याबाबत चर्चा झाली. खासगी-सरकारी तत्त्वावर हा प्रकल्प राबवण्यात येईल. रेल्वे, गुजरात सरकारचे रस्ते विकास महामंडळ व सुरत महापालिका यांच्याद्वारे हा प्रकल्प राबवण्यात येणार आहे. प्रकल्प राबवण्यासाठी स्पेशल पर्पज व्हेइकलची (एसपीव्ही) निर्मिती करण्यात येईल, सर्वसामान्य नागरिकांच्या हितासाठी हा प्रकल्प राबवण्यात येत असल्याचे सांगण्यात आले. या वेळी पश्‍चिम रेल्वेचे प्रधान मुख्य अभियंता एस. एन. अग्रवाल, सुरत महापालिकेचे नगररचनाकार देवाशिष बासक, गुजरात परिवहन महामंडळाचे उपाध्यक्ष पंकज कुमार यांच्यासह विविध अधिकारी उपस्थित होते.
Apr 03 2016 (14:19)  Tenders for redevelopment of Shivajinagar station soon: Suresh Prabhu (indianexpress.com)
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Apr 03 2016 (7:42PM)
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Apr 03 2016 (7:42PM)
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Apr 03 2016 (7:42PM)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita*^  35471 news posts
Other than redevelopment of Shivajinagar Railway Station, Prabhu also announced that electrification of the Daund-Lonavala line would be completed by June 2016.
The long-delayed redevelopment work at Shivajinagar Railway Station might see some traction as Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced that tenders for the same would be floated soon. Prabhu was speaking at a public function post the inauguration of a new Foot Over Bridge (FOB) at Pune station on Saturday.
“The state government has recently cleared impending road blocks and the work would start soon,” Prabhu said. The redevelopment work would
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be taken up the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDCL).
The IRSDCL website says that the state government had recently stated that railway land is not governed by the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MR&TP) Act, 1966. While the masterplan for redevelopment of Shivajinagar Railway Station was drawn up in 2013, work for the same is yet to start due to various legal and logistic problems.
Other than redevelopment of Shivajinagar Railway Station, Prabhu also announced that electrification of the Daund-Lonavala line would be completed by June 2016. “We plan to line EMUs on the line to provide better connectivity to commuters,” he said, adding that the third Pune-Lonavala track would also be speeded up.
Prabhu said that there are provisions for the Pune-Nashik railway line in the recently-announced railway budget, and work on it would commence soon. He also said that a Pune-Jodhpur weekly train would be announced later this year.
Speaking about the need of investments in the Railways, the minister said that the present government is focusing on revamping both the internal and external functioning of the department.
As part of the revamp, major works for increasing railway network is being undertaken. In terms of services, Prabhu announced that automatic laundry services for washing linen would be taken up across the country. “We are also working on allowing mobile-based booking and cancellation,” he said.
The railways had already announced the formation of joint venture companies with various state governments including Maharashtra. Under this, the Railways would take up various projects under public-private partnership. The new FOB at Pune station has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.90 crore, and Prabhu said that escalators would be fitted later.
Apr 08 2015 (11:09)  DECCAN QUEEN TO GET NEW DINING CAR (www.mumbaimirror.com)
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Apr 08 2015 (11:09AM)
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Posted by: Addicted To IRI®♔®~  72 news posts
****CR officials are planning to finish work on a new dining car by June 1, train's 86th anniversary.
Two weeks after Mumbai Mirror reported about the discontinuation of Mumbai-Pune Deccan Queen's iconic dining car, the Central Railway (CR) officials said on Tuesday that they were working on building a new dining car for the Queen at its Parel workshop. The discontinuation of the service had drawn strong reactions from regular commuters and rail fans.
The CR officials said they will try to finish the work by June 1, the train's 86th anniversary.
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They have also invited suggestions from the commuters regarding the car's interiors.
"There is good news. The Deccan Queen will get a new dining car," tweeted Narendra Patil, CR's chief spokesperson. Patil told Mumbai Mirror, "We want regular commuters and rail fans to decide on how the interiors of the car be designed. All suggestions are welcome and they can be sent to us on our official email ID or tweeted on @Central_Railway twitter ID, which we monitor every day."
Another top official said, "Basically, a pantry car is being redesigned as a dining car and it will take two to three months to finish. On June 1, 1930, the train had its first run. We are trying to complete the process by that date, but it looks a bit difficult."
He said the chief mechanical engineer is open to suggestions from rail fans and users regarding colour scheme, furnishing and decor of the interiors.
The dining car used to offer table service for 32 passengers and had facilities such as microwave, deep freezer and toaster. It was tastefully furnished with cushioned chairs and carpets, and food was served in customised crockery.
It was discontinued after its codal life got over and it was replaced with a normal pantry car.

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Sep 29 2014 (10:44)  At Shivajinagar station, 50k commuters struggle due to sluggish pace of remodelling (www.mid-day.com)
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Posted by: rdb*^  126004 news posts
Pune Railway Division has been working to pave and raise the height of the platform at the station, while commuters have to deal with the resulting uneven ground and stagnating water every day
Over 50,000 railway commuters going through Shivajinagar railway station have a daily struggle while boarding trains, due to the uneven ground and stagnating water on the platforms. Ironically, the platform is in its current dilapidated state because the railway division is attempting to pave the platform for passengers’ convenience, but has failed to finish the project in the past three months.Residents of areas such as Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Kothrud and Karve Nagar often board both locals and Mumbai-bound trains from this station, which leads to significant traffic passing through
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it every day. However, with the 200-metre stretch on platform 1 currently being paved, commuters have to fight against the dangerously uneven ground, as well as dodge the sometimes 20-foot wide puddles stagnating there.
The puddles are not just an inconvenience to commuters who wish to keep their socks dry, but are also a health hazard, with the PMC constantly issuing warnings against any stagnant water sources, which could potentially become breeding grounds for dengue mosquitoes. The accumulated water is the run-off from the paving process being undertaken at the platform, but the uneven ground forces the water to collect right there.
Railways officials have said that they are using inter-locking pavers on the platform to raise its height, in order to bridge the gap between the arriving trains. Yogendra Kumar Singh, PRO of the Pune division said, “In order to avert any incidents of passengers falling between the train and platform, we began the project to increase the height of the platform. The total cost of the repair work on the 200-metre platform at Shivajinagar railway station will be approximately Rs 25 lakh.” ‘Convenience first’ “Despite the fact that this railway station will be undergoing a complete makeover under the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), likely to start next year, raising the platform height was not planned for that project, so we are making the changes instead, for the convenience of the commuters,” added Singh.
However, there are still complaints that the indifferent attitude of the railway administration is slowing down the pace of the remodelling project, and it could take another three months before passengers can finally use the finished platform. Voices
  For the last three months, I have been facing a hard time while boarding trains from platform number 1. Things were at their worst during the monsoon. There have been instances when passengers have slipped due to stagnant water on the platform. -Vikram Bhide, working professional
  The work is being carried out at a snail’s pace, and is causing a lot of inconvenience to passengers. About two weeks ago, I had a narrow escape as I was about to trip and fall into the gap between two coaches -Ragini Gaikwad,  self-employed
  It is a nightmare to board the train from Shivajinagar, as the platform is in a complete mess. Many a time, I have had to walk through water and board the train, which can be very risky -Salman Sayed, working professional
May 18 2014 (09:23)  लाइट ट्रेन प्रकल्प राबविणे अशक्‍य (online3.esakal.com)
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पुणे - शिवाजीनगर ते औंध जकात नाका यादरम्यान सुमारे साडेसहा किलोमीटरच्या मार्गावर लाइट ट्रेन सुरू करण्याचा पर्याय मेट्रोच्या तुलनेत खर्चिक असून जागाही अपुरी असल्यामुळे या प्रकल्पाची अंमलबजावणी करणे शक्‍य नसल्याचे मत महापालिकेच्या मेट्रो सेलने व्यक्‍त केले आहे. त्याबाबतचा अभिप्राय स्थायी समितीसमोर ठेवला आहे.
सार्वजनिक वाहतूक सक्षम करण्यासाठी शिवाजीनगर ते हिंजवडीदरम्यान सुमारे 22 किलोमीटर मार्गावर लाइट ट्रेन असावी, असा प्रस्ताव आहे. जपान इंटरनॅशनल कॉर्पोरेशन एजन्सी (जायका) या कंपनीने त्यासाठी पुढाकार घेतला होता. या मार्गावरील लाइट ट्रेनसाठी सर्वेक्षणाचे काम "जायका'नेच करावे, असे स्थायी समितीने दोन वर्षांपूर्वी सांगितले होते. त्यानुसार कंपनीने सर्वेक्षण करून अहवाल महापालिकेकडे सादर केला होता. महापालिकेने तो अभिप्रायासाठी मेट्रो सेलकडे पाठविला होता. त्यावर सेलने आता अभिप्राय दिला आहे.
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शिवाजीनगर ते हिंजवडीदरम्यानचा मार्ग पुणे, पिंपरी चिंचवड आणि औद्योगिक वसाहतीच्या अखत्यारित येतो. त्यापैकी केवळ शिवाजीनगर ते औंध जकात नाका यादरम्यानचा मार्ग पुणे महापालिकेच्या हद्दीमध्ये आहे. महापालिकेने मेट्रो प्रकल्पाचे काम हाती घेतले आहे. मेट्रो आणि लाइट ट्रेनच्या तंत्रज्ञानात फरक आहे. गणेशखिंड रस्ता आणि औंध रस्त्यावर वाहनांची मोठी वर्दळ असते. त्यामुळे रस्त्याच्या कडेने लाइट ट्रेन नेण्यास जागा खूपच अपुरी आहे. तसेच पुणे विद्यापीठ ते स. गो. बर्वे चौकापर्यंत तीन उड्डाणपूल आहेत. त्यामुळे तेथे लाइट ट्रेनसाठी मार्ग तयार करणे अवघड आहे. तसेच तेथील स्थानकापर्यंत जाणे नागरिकांना अडचणीचे ठरणारे आहे. लाइट ट्रेनसाठी स. गो. बर्वे चौकात स्थानक उभारावे लागेल. परंतु तेथे ग्रेड सेपरेटर तयार होत आहे. त्यामुळे स्थानकासाठी जागा उपलब्ध नाही. मेट्रोसाठी प्रतिकिलोमीटर 216 कोटी रुपये खर्च असून लाइट ट्रेनसाठी तो प्रतिकिलोमीटर 270 कोटी रुपये असेल, असेही मेट्रो सेलच्या अधिकाऱ्यांनी अभिप्रायात म्हटले आहे.
Mar 03 2014 (08:47)  Rail commuters demand ticket windows at Shivajinagar station (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PUNE: Rail passengers want a ticket window and an autorickshaw stand near the Patil Estate entry-exit gate of the Shivajinagar railway station.
The Railways have already listed Shivajinagar as a model station. Local trains began operating from the station last year and expansion plans are under consideration.
The Shivajinagar station has two entry-exit gates - one at the Patil Estate end and the main entrance near Shivajinagar ST stand. "The railways should consider setting up ticket windows at both ends. If not a ticket window, at least a ticket vending machine at the
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Patil Estate entrance will help commuters," said Anand Kulkarni, a frequent traveller.
Kulkarni said the administration recently opened a parking lot for two-wheelers near the Patil Estate entrance. But a person who parks a vehicle there does not have the facility to buy a ticket and is forced to walk to the other side to get a ticket.
Harsha Shah, president of the Railway Pravasi Group, said, "With the increase in the number of passengers, we need ticket windows at both ends."
Vinay Karera, another commuter said, "I got off at the Shivajinagar station at the Patil Estate end and tried getting an autorickshaw. Most drivers refused to ply by meter. There was no police available to intervene. Like me, many commuters are harassed by autorickshaw drivers here. The administration needs to set up a proper stand manned by authorities or police."
What commuters want
- Ticket window/ticket vending machine
- Autorickshaw stand manned by police or rail authorities
- More chairs on platforms
Train service
- Halt for all Lonavla-bound suburban trains
- Stop for several Mumbai-bound trains
- Termination of some Lonavla and Talegaon locals here
Passengers' demands
- Stop for Pune-Bhusaval Express train
- Halt for Pune-Mumbai Indrayani Express
Jan 17 2014 (11:01)  शिवाजीनगर रेल्वे स्टेशनचा मेकओव्हर होणार (maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com)
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पुणे ः शिवाजीनगर रेल्वे स्टेशनचे मेकओव्हर करण्याची योजना मध्य रेल्वेने तयार केली असून, त्याचा एक प्राथमिक आराखडा तयार केला आहे.
शिवाजीनगर स्टेशनच्या मेकओव्हरमध्ये त्या ठिकाणी प्रवाशांसाठी अत्याधुनिक सोयी सुविधांबरोबरच कमर्शिअल कॉम्प्लेक्स आणि स्टेशनसाठी स्वतंत्र कार्यालयाचा समावेश आहे. आर्किटेक्टकडून तयार करून घेण्यात आलेला हा आराखडा रेल्वे मुख्यालयाकडे पाठवण्यात येणार आहे. 'पुणे स्टेशनवरील वाहतुकीचा वाढता ताण कमी करण्यासाठी या स्टेशनचा उपयोग होणार आहे,' असे मध्य रेल्वेच्या पुणे विभागाचे विभागीय व्यवस्थापक सुनीत शर्मा यांनी सांगितले.
सध्या शिवाजीनगर स्टेशनवरून दररोज दहा हजार प्रवाशांची ये-जा होते. भविष्यात हा आकडा २० हजारापर्यंत जाईल, त्यामुळे त्याचा विचार करून शिवाजीनगर स्टेशनवरील
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सोयीसुविधा अत्याधुनिक करण्यात येणार असल्याचे त्यांनी नमूद केले. शिवाजीनगर स्टेशनच्या मेकओव्हरनंतर या ठिकाणी काही लांब पल्ल्यांच्या गाड्यांना थांबा देणे शक्य होणार आहे. याखेरीज उपनगरीय गाड्यांचे स्थानक म्हणून त्याचा विकास करण्यात येणार असल्याचे शर्मा यावेळी म्हणाले.
या स्थानकावरून गेल्या काही वर्षांपासून शिवाजीनगर ते लोणावळा या मार्गावरील लोकलसेवा सुरू आहे. त्याला चांगला प्रतिसाद मिळत आहे. सध्या रेल्वेकडे लोकलच्या रेकची कमतरता असल्याने शिवाजीनगर ते लोणावळा या सेवेमध्ये वाढ करता येणे रेल्वे प्रशासनाला सध्याच्या स्थितीत शक्य नाही. मुख्यालयाकडून अधिक रेक उपलब्ध झाल्यानंतर या सेवेत वाढ करणे शक्य होणार असल्याचे त्यांनी सांगितले.
Nov 17 2013 (00:24)  Rlys plan modernisation for 5 stations (www.business-standard.com)
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In five years, boarding a train from the Anand Vihar railway station here will be a different experience — there will be a separate waiting hall at the concourse, along with restaurants and shopping outlets. And, there would be check-in counters where you could swipe tickets before boarding trains.
Under the station modernisation drive, Indian Railways has identified five stations — Anand Vihar and Brijvasan in Delhi; Chandigarh; Habibganj in Bhopal; and the Shivaji Nagar station in Pune. While Brijvasan is a greenfield station, the rest are brownfield.
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would involve an expenditure of about Rs 500 crore. The railways expects real estate development around the station to account for these funds. Experts say the prime location of these stations may prove to be an excellent opportunity for the railways to generate money.
It is expected 100 acres around the stations would also be developed. The railways may have to acquire some land around these stations from local authorities.
The project was announced in Railway Budget 2012-13; then railway minister Dinesh Trivedi had hoped to modernise about 100 stations in five years.
Business model So far, infrastructure projects that have bet big on real estate development for operational costs have primarily seen failure. Experts say for the modernisation of the five stations, Indian Railways expects to raise not operational costs, but the cost of construction, which may prove to be a difficult task.
To provide a boost to this project, Station Development Corporation Ltd, a joint venture between the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and the Indian Railways Construction Company (IRCON), was set up in 2012-13, with equity of Rs 100 crore.
“The idea is to build world-class stations like the one in Beijing, which has a concourse above the station and different gates for arrival and departure. The station will also have a waiting area with eateries and shopping outlets,” said a senior railway official associated with the project.
On the financial model, officials close to the development said it would be a challenge, as it was a new experience for the railways. “We are working on various financial models; we are deciding whether real estate development should happen along with station construction or we should divide it into phases,” said another official close to the development.
Experts claim exploiting real estate potential in and around the station terminals may be a good idea because most of these stations are located in prime city areas. “In India, many of our stations are located in the midst of cities and, therefore, have good potential to be exploited to improve the quality of passenger services. One can also use this model while developing new stations. However, I do not think it is good idea to first build real estate and then stations,” said Vishwas Udgirkar, senior director, Deloitte India.
Experts also say the real estate potential would dependent on passenger traffic; so, real estate development preceding station development isn’t logical.
“The model (banking on real estate) has been used in many places across the world. For example, Honk Kong Metro developed residential areas around it and raised money,” says Mudassir Zaidi, national director, Knight Frank India, which is involved in the business plan for the project.
Challenges Former railway officials and experts say bureaucratic delays may dampen the project’s prospects. “If you look at past projects, there is too much resistance to new initiatives. Considering the Lok Sabha elections are close, I don’t think anything will happen anytime soon,” says Akhileshwar Sahay, an expert on the railways.
Indian Railways’ engagement with the private sector for station modernisation has been marred by bad planning and bureaucratic delays. In the 2008-09 Railway Budget, then railway minister Lalu Yadav had announced the modernisation of the New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Patna and Secunderabad railway stations, estimating an investment of Rs 15,000 crore. However, the initiative hasn’t materialised so far.
The CST station in Mumbai is stuck for want of a clearance from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as the monument has been declared a world heritage site. The plan for the New Delhi station never took off. “The local authorities wanted us to only develop 50 per cent of the land we have identified; we had to change the entire plan,” said an official close to the development. While the Patna station faced land acquisition issues, plans for the station in Secunderabad never progressed beyond the planning stage.
Officials say the project can take off only after clearances from local authorities. Though no deadline has been set so far, government officials say they expect the project to be completed in five years.
Indian Railways has about 8,000 stations across the country. Every year, it spends about Rs 1,000 crore on upgrading stations.
Nov 16 2013 (00:34)  Railways plans to modernise five stations, real estate smells opportunity (www.business-standard.com)
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Five years from now, boarding a train from Anand Vihar Railway station in Delhi could be a different experience. Like the airport, there will be a separate waiting hall at the concourse with restaurants, shopping areas. Check in counters where you could swipe your tickets and board the trains at the ground level, after passing through automated doors.Indian Railways has identified five stations under the station modernisation drive. Costing about Rs 2500 crore, Railways expects to raise this money from the real estate development around the station.The five stations identified are Anand Vihar and Brijvasan station in Delhi, Chandigarh, Habibganj in Bhopal and Shivaji Nagar Station in Pune. Brijvasan is a green field or a new station coming up, the rest of them are brown field or existing stations.But complete reliance on real estate development for funding can present challenges ahead for the ambitious project. Although the real estate experts say...
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that the prime location of these stations in the city centre can prove to be an excellent opportunity for Railways to generate money for this project.
Each station is expected to cost over Rs 500 crore and expects to develop areas around the station spread over 100 acres. Railways might have to acquire some of the land from local authorities around these stations.
The Business Model
Railways expects to raise the money to develop these stations through real estate development in and around the stations making this project a zero investment scheme. But the past Indian experience of infrastructure projects betting on real estate development for operational cost presents a tale of failures. In the case of station modernisation, Indian Railways expects to raise not the operational but the cost of construction which can prove to be a difficult task, according to experts.
To provide a boost to this project Station Development Corporation Limited (SDCL) was set up in 2012-13 with an equity of Rs 100 crore. SDCL is a joint venture of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and Indian Railways Construction Company (IRCON).
“The idea is to build world class stations like the one in Beijing which has concourse above the station, different gates for arrival and departure. The station will also have a waiting area with eateries and shopping place,” said a senior Railway official associated with the project.
When asked about the financial model, officials close to the development recognised that it will be a challenge as it is a new kind of experience for Indian Railways. “We are working on various financial model, whether the real estate development should happen along with station construction or we might divide it into phases, “, said another official close to the development.
Experts claim that exploiting real estate potential in and near station terminals can prove to be good idea for Railways because most of the stations are located in the prime city areas. “In India many of our stations are located in midst of the cities and therefore have good potential that can be exploited to improve quality of passenger services. One can also use this model while developing new stations. However, I do not think it is good idea to first build real estate and then station,” said Vishwas Udgirkar, Senior Director, Deloitte India.
Experts also pronounce a note of caution arguing that the real estate potential itself will dependent upon passenger traffic so having real estate development before station development is not very logical. Most agree that real estate development should be complementary to station development and not otherwise.
“The model has been used at many places in the world. For example Honk Kong Metro that developed residential areas around and raised money”, says Mudassir Zaidi, National Director, Knight Frank India, which is also involved in making the business plan for the project.
These projects were announced in the budget of Dinesh Trivedi and had expected to target over 100 stations in five years.
The Challenges
Former Railway officials and expert say apart from the business model it’s the bureaucratic delays and lack of spirit from bureaucrats and officials that can dampen the prospects. Experts agree that the station modernisation projects are no one’s baby. “If you look at the past projects there is too much resistance to new initiatives. Considering that the Lok Sabha elections are near, I don’t think there is anything happening anytime soon,”says Akhileshwar Sahay, Railways expert.
The Past Initiatives
The past engagement of Indian Railways with private sector for station modernisation has been marred by bad planning and bureaucratic delays. In the budget of 2008-09, Lalu Prasad Yadav had announced the modernisation of New Delhi, CST, Mumbai, Patna, Secundrabad Railway Station and expected an investment of Rs 15,000 crore. But so far nothing has materialised for Indian Railways.
The Chatrapati Shivaji Station in Mumbai is stuck for want of clearance from the UNESCO, as the monument has been declared as World Heritage site. The plan for New Delhi station never took off. “The local authorities wanted us to only develop on the 50 per cent of the land that we have identified, we had to change the entire plan,” said an official close to the development. Similarly the Patna station faced issues of land acquisition and Secundrabad was never moved ahead from the planning stage.
Officials close the development say that the project can take off only after clearance from local authorities. No deadline has been set so far but the project work is has already with expected date of completion in five years, according to government officials.
Indian Railways has over 8000 stations across the country. Each year Indian Railway spends around Rs 1000 crore on station upgrading activities like waiting hall, bridges and other station amenities.
Nov 09 2013 (10:45)  Feasibility report sought for rly land at Shivajinagar (www.sakaaltimes.com)
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Pune: The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has directed the Pune division of Central Railway to provide it with a feasibility report about the availability of railway land at Shivajinagar station.
RLDA, which functions under the Union Ministry of Railways, works for the development of vacant railway land for commercial use to generate revenue by non-tariff measures.
Pune railway officials said that there is a move by RLDA to acquire the vacant railway land on the side of the main entrance of the Shivajinagar railway station.
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feasibility report shall dwell on the physical status and other aspects of the land. Depending on the quantum of land, RLDA could come up with shopping complexes, hotels, restaurants, parking spaces for vehicles, etc.,” railway officials added. The projects would come up under a public-private partnership model, which would be beneficial to the Railways.
Interestingly, a Railway Board member (Engineering), during his recent visit to the city, had informed that Railways have plans to develop the vacant railway land at Shivajinagar station commercially.
“At one side of the Shivajinagar station, there is a single-storey railway hostel. RLDA could even develop that plot by building a multi-storey building. While one storey of the building could be used for the hostel, the other floors could be exploited commercially, which would give much-needed revenue to the Railways,” officials added.
However, one stumbling block for RLDA could be the removal of the encroachments on one side of the Shivajinagar station. Unless the encroachments are removed, RLDA would not be able to use its land commercially.
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