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Now, smart cities to have redeveloped ‘smart’ railway stations; 5 things to know

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In an interesting move, Indian Railways has tied up with the Ministry of Urban Development to ensure that the ambitious smart cities of India also have ‘smart railway stations’. Ùnder a MoU signed between the two ministries – Railways and Urban Development – railway stations and surrounding areas will be redeveloped with an aim to provide easy access to stations, better passenger amenities and also enable optimal utilisation of land at railway stations. This means that the station and an adjoining area of around 300 to 800 acres in each smart city and AMRUT city will be redeveloped! We take a look at 5 key facts about the project:

1) The railway station and an adjoining area in smart cities will be redeveloped on the lines of ‘Area Based Development’ that has been provided in the Smart City Mission Guidelines. According to the ministries, the proposed redevelopment will involve easy access to stations, improved passenger amenities, integrated public transport hub, waiting halls and other amenities for passengers, development of residential and commercial spaces, landscaping etc.

Read more at:http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/indian-railways-smart-cities-railway-station-redevelopment-mou-urban-development-suresh-prabhu-venkaiah-naidu/424492/

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