GUWAHATI, Aug 18: In a major move to bolster railway facilities in the north-eastern region and specifically in Assam, the current budget for the fiscal year 2023-24 has allocated a staggering Rs 10,269 crores. This allocation reflects a significant increase of 384% compared to the average allotment of Rs 2,122 crores recorded during 2009-14. The infusion of funds aims to elevate the rail infrastructure and connectivity in the area.
As part of this initiative, the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme will be implemented, injecting Rs 990.2 crores into the renovation and enhancement of 32 railway stations in Assam. This substantial facelift is set to modernise these stations and offer state-of-the-art amenities to railway users across the state.
The redeveloped stations will encompass an array of conveniences, including expansive roof plazas, comfortable retiring rooms, well-appointed food courts, and spacious waiting areas for passengers. To ensure accessibility, Divyangjan-friendly ramps, along with modern conveniences such as elevators and escalators, will be integrated. Furthermore, the revamped stations will boast improved parking facilities with dedicated spaces for incoming and outgoing vehicles.
Environmental sustainability is also a key focus of this initiative, with the redeveloped stations set to be designed as green buildings. Incorporating solar energy solutions and water conservation systems, these stations will align with Assam’s ecological scenario.
The revamped stations are expected to bolster connectivity between major cities within the state, thereby stimulating economic activities and generating employment opportunities. The 32 stations identified for redevelopment include prominent ones such as Dhubri, Lumding Jn, Rangapara North Jn, Dibrugarh, and Jorhat Town, among others.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the foundation laying for the redevelopment of a total of 508 railway stations nationwide on August 6, 2023. Addressing the progress in the north-eastern states, the PM highlighted the rapid advancements in doubling of railway lines, gauge conversion, electrification, and new routes. The PM also emphasised that the ongoing work to commission new lines in the north-east has tripled, leading to an impending network expansion that will connect all state capitals in the region.