Puri to Get A Revamped, World-class Railway Station

The coastal pilgrim city of Puri is set to get an upgrade in its railway station. The station will be redeveloped as a world-class transit hub. As per official sources, the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways, has invited bids for the revamping of the station.

The station will be reconstructed and will have a carefully segregated entry and exit, baggage security, check-in area. Special provisions will be made for the differently-abled, and green building features will be incorporated. The design will be similar to that of the airports.

The RLDA released a statement that mentioned that the station will be built on Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Transfer Model (DBFOT). The tentative cost of the project, excluding the cost of redevelopment of station estate, is calculated at Rs 82 crore. The expansion of operations includes the upgradation and integrated revamping of the station spanning 28,574 sq. metres and the development of the neighbouring railway land.

Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice Chairman, Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), said, “Puri is a historic city and a renowned tourist hub. The redevelopment of Puri Railway Station will bolster tourism prospects and position it among the leading destinations for religious tourism. The commercial development will also lead to a surge in business activities, boost real estate and generate employment in the region”.

The pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for July 15, 2021, and the deadline for the bid submission is August 17, 2021.

Puri Railway Station is categorised under the NSG-2, which is included in the Khurda division of the East Coast Railway (ECoR) zone. The station is one of the busiest terminals and has eight platforms managing 52 trains every day, including mail, express and passenger trains. In 2018-19, the station used to see a daily footfall of almost 16,680 passengers.

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