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Gandhinagar gets world-class railway station: An illustrated story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a newly-built five-star hotel atop the redeveloped Gandhinagar railway station and dedicate various development projects to Gujarat virtually from Delhi

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The new Gandhinagar Capital railway station is set to be inaugurated this week as India’s first redeveloped station. It is expected to offer an ‘airport-like experience’ and is even equipped with facilities like a luxury hotel, theme-based lighting and a prayer hall. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the station on 16 July.

The station has a special ticket booking counter, ramps, lifts, parking space and a dedicated art gallery with a live LED wall display lounge. The redevelopment of the station was planned in 2016 as the Indian Railways is set on transforming stations into world- facilities and business hubs called “Railopolis” in order to attract investment. The interfaith prayer hall is column-free and sleek in its framing.

There are external facade with theme-based lighting and vertical green walls and a centralised AC waiting lounge. The architecture includes green building rating features and has received sustainability standards green certification from ASSOCHAM.

The work on the station started in 2017 with a 74:26 equity contribution from the Gujarat government and the IRSDC. The redevelopment was conceptualised keeping the GIFT city in mind as a future international business centre.

Modi will virtually inaugurate three new attractions at the City in Ahmedabad. These attractions include an aquatic gallery built at a of Rs 264 crore, a robotic gallery built at a cost of Rs 127 crore and a park developed at a cost of Rs 14 crore.

There is a concourse for departing passengers and two subways for arriving passengers. The station can handle 1,500 passengers in peak hours and when the concourse comes into use, this number will go up to 2,200. There are retail, and other outlets also planned.

Here are some service-oriented features:

  • Segregated entry and exit surrounded by landscaped area.
  • Parking facilities have been provided for 163 cars, 40 autos and 120 two-wheelers
  • The three platforms are well-connected through two subways.
  • The waiting area at the platform has a capacity to seat 480 passengers.
  • Double height entrance lobby with spacious ticketing facility.
  • Seamless wi-fi connectivity on the entire station.

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