NEW DELHI: At a time when the New Delhi and Delhi Cantonment railway stations are set to undergo a major overhaul, the Faridabad railway station, one of the national capital region’s important stations, is going to be revamped too.
“Under the Indian Railways’ station redevelopment programme, the Faridabad station of Northern Railway has been identified for providing world class facilities to railway passengers,” a Northern Railway spokesperson said. He said that the total cost of the railway station redevelopment project was Rs 262 crore.
The station is an important junction connecting Delhi to Mathura, Mumbai and southern India. The category A railway station is located around 25 km from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi’s third busiest after Delhi Main and New Delhi railway stations
The Northern Railway spokesperson said that the Faridabad railway station would have two ‘iconic’ station buildings with modern architecture. He said the two buildings would be integrated and would serve a portion of the city on both sides of the station.
“It will have segregation of departure and arrivals as in airports. The station will also have multi-level car parking on both sides,” the spokesperson said. The two station buildings would be seamlessly connected through a ‘well-equipped’ concourse, which would have a width of 72 metres, he disclosed. The concourse would have spacious waiting areas and the facility of a food court, apart from basic amenities for the passengers. The spokesperson said that apart from this, two foot bridges, each 12 metres wide, would also be constructed for the convenience of passengers. He said that a multilevel car parking, the bridges and the concourse would be interconnected to provide seamless movement.
“The station will provide integration with local transportation,” the spokesperson said. The station is located at a distance of around 700 metres from National Highway-2 (Mathura Road). The station is also located a short distance from the Violet Line (Kashmere Gate-Raja Nahar Singh, Ballabhgarh) of the Delhi Metro. It is expected that space will be earmarked for different modes of last-mile connectivity to connect the railway station with nearby Delhi Metro stations and different residential areas.
Northern Railway said that the state-of-the-art station buildings would also have features of ‘smart building’ in addition to being green buildings. Sources said that the work for the project is yet to be awarded but it is expected that the redevelopment work will take around 30 months for completion.
Northern Railway said that its senior officials also attended a review meeting held by Union minister of state for power and heavy industries Krishan Pal at Udyog Bhawan on Wednesday, where the scheme of the planned major upgradation of Faridabad station was discussed in detail.