Railways is training over 9,000 personnel directly connected with station construction and management to handle the redeveloped Amrit Bharat stations, which, it estimates, will start getting ready in the next two years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday laid the foundation stone for 508 of the stations taken up for upgrade in the first phase for around Rs 24,700 crore.
Stations masters, engineers, operations and other officials from the stations marked for upgrade have been sent in groups to the already redeveloped ones, like Rani Kamlapati in Bhopal, Gandhinagar in Gujarat, for training and familiarization tours. This is to give the personnel an idea on what the redeveloped stations are to be like in their respective places.
Explaining the plan forward, an official said that work was being done keeping requirements that would arise even after 50 years in mind.
“Where the current design requirement is of two floors, we are laying the groundwork for two more floors when they would be required in the future,” a senior official said, while adding that this would make future upgrades easier.
Railways has also standardized the engineering designs of all aspects of the station redevelopment process for the entire country, so that for third party contributors, architects and construction companies, there is ease of participation in the mammoth infrastructure exercise.
Sunday’s event was the largest of its kind, with Railways mobilizing an unprecedented 10.27 lakh people from all walks of life. Over 80,000 students were awarded at various locations for station-themed competitions held in 1,878 schools in the run up to the event.
Around 82,000 family members of staff, around 7 lakh members of the public, 11 chief ministers, 19 governors and L-Gs, 16 Cabinet ministers, 302 MPs and others took part in the event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address, said that the redeveloped stations would give their respective cities, towns and districts their unique identities, while being rooted in ancient traditions.