New Delhi, Jan. 25 -- The Railways has prepared a master plan to upgrade the New Delhi railway station to global standards. There will be separate departure and arrival areas and ticket counters will be taken out of the station building.
"Some of the projects and their budgets are subject to clearance by the higher authorities but we have started work wherever allowed," a senior official said.
On the Ajmeri Gate side, there is a plan to build a new ticket-cum-waiting hall in an area of 20,000 sqm. A premium parking lot is planned over 20,000 sqm. Both projects are likely to cost Rs. 60 crore. The parking lot for 300 cars is ready. It's likely to be put on trial from January 28. For departure, passengers will first go the first floor and from there they can go to their platforms. The ground floor will be used for arrival.
To facilitate this, ramps, elevators, escalators, and stairs will be put in place. Flap gates will ensure directions.Currently, of the 16 platforms, only three (16, 14, 15) on the Ajmeri Gate side and one on the Paharganj side have escalators for a daily volume of 500,000 passengers.
There is always chaos at the station because the arrival and departure areas are not separate and ticketing is in the main building.The Railways wants to take ticketing out of the main building and build a two-storey structure between bridges 1 and 2. This is likely to cost R8 crore. "We intend to renovate the existing ground and first floors and convert them into waiting halls in 6000 sqm area. This may cost us R6 crore," he said.
The Railways is already creating a waiting area (2,500 sqm) on the ground floor on the Paharganj side. The work should be completed in a year. "Creation of another waiting area (4,000 sqm) on the first floor on the same side is desirable but that's in concept stage. We estimate both projects will cost Rs. 13 crore," he said.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.