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The Indian Railways is all set to revamp the Surat railway station as a new multi-modal transit hub for the city. This plan will provide seamless connectivity to the people.
In the project, the Surat railway station will have bus terminals, Metro rail connectivity and auto-rickshaw stands to facilitate the passengers. In an interview, Ravindra Bhaskar, chief public relation officer of the Western Railways (WR) said that they have decided to redevelop the Surat railway station and it will be converted into a multi modal transportation hub (MMTH). The tender for the work has already been floated and the bids will be opened on August 14, 2019.
According to the officials, the estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,173 crore. This will built over 3.40 lakh sq meters of land pooled from Railways, the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).
For implementation of the project, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) named ‘Surat Integrated Transportation Company (SITCO)’ has been formed by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) and Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Explaining about the project Bhaskar said,
This is a first of its kind project in India, bringing together the Centre, the state and a municipal corporation. The station makeover will be done via commercial development on leasehold rights for a lease period of 90 years on the vacant railway land and air space.
It has been expected that the hub will cater to nearly four lakh passengers per day by 2033 and approximately 5.25 lakh passengers per day by 2053.
The built-up area of the station is approximately 36,950 sqm and after the renovation , it will be around 1.01 sqm.
This article first appeared on urbantransportnews.com
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