Habibganj Railway Station to become India’s first private railway station

Habibganj railway station in the suburbs of Bhopal will become country’s first railway station to be redeveloped in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode. On June 9 2017 station redevelopment work in the railway station will be launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. railway minister Suresh Prabhu will launch commencement of the station re-development work in Bhopal. The Habibganj railway station will be designed as a world-class transit hub, with a central concourse equipped with amenities for waiting passengers; arriving and departing passengers will be segregated. ly-abled. The station will have six lifts, 11 escalators and three travelators, along with two underpasses of 4m each provided for arriving passengers.The station will have parking space for 300 cars, 850 two-wheelers, rickshaws, taxis and buses.The operation and maintenance of the railway station has been given to Bhopal-based Bansal Group for a period of eight years.The Bansal Group plans to completely overhaul the station and develop four commercial land parcels to make Habibganj a commercial hub with shops, offices and hotels, all within three years.The station will also have facilities for disabled. It will have lifts, escalators and travelators and underpasses.The Bansal Group will be responsible for all the facilities at the station like food stalls, retiring rooms, power, platform maintenance, et cetera. However, the Group will not be responsible for core operations such as train and parcel movement, signalling and ticketing.The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) will oversee the Habibganj project.

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