Historic day for railways as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates 2,000 infrastructure projects valued at 41,000 crores

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n a momentous development for India’s railway sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated and dedicated approximately 2,000 railway infrastructure projects valued at ₹41,000 crore on Monday. It also included the foundation stone laying ceremony for the revitalization of the Gurugram railway station. 

The unveiling took place through a virtual event, showcasing the government’s commitment to modernizing the country’s rail network.

Key Highlights:

1. Amrit Bharat Station Scheme: PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 553 railway stations under the Amrit Bharat scheme. This initiative aims to enhance facilities by creating rooftop plazas and city centres at stations, fostering an improved travel experience for passengers.

2. Road Overbridges and Underbridges: Additionally, the prime minister inaugurated the foundation stone for nearly 1,500 road overbridges and underbridges across various states. This significant step, conducted virtually at over 2,000 railway stations and function sites, seeks to address congestion, enhance safety, and improve rail travel efficiency.

3. Amrit Bharat Stations’ redevelopment: The Amrit Bharat stations, spanning 27 states and Union Territories, will undergo redevelopment at a cost exceeding ₹19,000 crores. 

These transformed stations are envisioned as ‘city centres,’ featuring modern amenities such as roof plazas, landscaping, intermodal connectivity, kids’ play areas, kiosks, and food courts.

4. Environmentally friendly design: The redeveloped stations will prioritize environmental and Divyang (differently-abled) friendliness. The architectural design will draw inspiration from local culture, heritage, and aesthetics.

5. Gurugram Railway Station Upgrade: As part of the launch, the prime minister initiated the Gurugram railway station’s upgrade, with an estimated cost of ₹295 crores in the first phase. The project aims to modernize facilities, catering to increased future passenger footfall.

7. Gomti Nagar Station Inauguration: Modi also inaugurated the redeveloped Gomti Nagar station in Uttar Pradesh, completed at a cost of around ₹385 crores. The station features segregated arrival and departure facilities, a centrally air-conditioned environment, and modern passenger amenities, including an air concourse, food courts, and ample parking space.

This monumental day underscores the government’s commitment to transforming and modernizing the railway infrastructure, enhancing the overall travel experience and connectivity for the citizens of India.