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Today (12:47)  Guirdolim opposes double-tracking (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MARGAO: Guirdolim gram sabha on Sunday reiterated their opposition towards the proposed doubling of the Konkan Railway track, insisting that authorities should first begin working on constructing either a railway overbridge or underbridge, to counter hardships faced by villagers.
Guirdolim deputy sarpanch Flavia Da Costa told TOI that "villagers also raised their apprehensions after reading media reports about the proposed national highway expansion works that had been previously opposed by the villagers as their homes would be demolished".
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Between January and the first week of March, at least 18 cases of suspected sabotage have been reported in the railways across the country, including five such incidents in Maharashtra.
MONTHS AFTER a spate of incidents involving possible sabotage of railway tracks in Maharashtra, the state police headquarters has issued a security advisory asking the Government Railway Police (GRP) to keep a vigil on unauthorised hawkers and others
loitering on railway premises.
The Indian Railways has beefed up security measures and asked its technical staff to inspect and enhance patrolling in railway stations and also to initiate special drives to crack down on unauthorised people inside railway stations and other premises. A three-day drive was launched by the Western Railway (WR) earlier this week and sources say more such drives will be carried out in the coming days.
Between January and the first week of March, at least 18 cases of suspected sabotage have been reported in the railways across the country, including five such incidents in Maharashtra. Last month, at a meeting attended by police chiefs of all states, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju directed that all incidents of sabotage be actively reported.
Earlier this month, a high-level meeting chaired by Director General of Police (Maharashtra) Satish Mathur was attended by railway police officers from the neighbouring states, officials of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Zonal officers of the Railways administration, Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) as well as Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).
While the ATS is probing if the incidents were the handiwork of a terrorist outfit, the Railways is probing its own and has started verifying the antecedents of its contractual staff, junior staff and gangmen.
“A terrorist outfit will aim to carry out an attack which results in casualties, however that has not been the case pertaining to incidents reported in Maharashtra. We suspect it to be an act of mischief and therefore we are probing our junior staff and contractual employees The gangmen and track supervisors posted at night are being interrogated to probe if it is a case of mischief on their part,” said a senior security official from the Indian Railways.
However, sources added there has been no breakthrough in the probe. “While the ATS is probing if it is an act of terror, we are probing if disgruntled railway employees who are unhappy with the latest revamp in the railways are behind the incidents,” said the source.
In January, loco pilot Harendra Kumar and assistant Harish Chinchole of 12052 Jan Shatabdi Express noticed something glittering on the tracks between Diva and Mumbra stations. Kumar applied the emergency brakes and brought the train to a grinding halt. The train was running late by 15 minutes with at least 700 passengers on-board.
In February, the motorman of the Pune-Santragachi Express, which was coming from Pune, did not notice the metal bar in the dark, and the locomotive hit it. Subsequently, a 1.5 metre piece of rail was found on the track in the Navi Mumbai node Monday night.
In the same month, an iron rod ripped off from one of the railway’s electrical equipment was found partly lying on the tracks near Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Wednesday. In another incident, a trackman reported that four discarded gelatin sticks were found between the rail tracks on Diva-Panvel track of Konkan railway last month.
Today (12:19)  3AC coaches preferred over sleeper class by Railways? (www.dnaindia.com)
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Posted by: Jayashree ❖ Amita*^  35859 news posts
Predominance of sleeper coach passengers showing a downward trend.
In the years to come, in keeping with India's reputation of being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, there is every possibility that trains on the Indian Railways network will have more air-conditioned coaches than sleeper ones.
Officials, while agreeing that it is a long-term transition and could take a better part of the decade, said the first signs of this significant socio-economic change is now beginning to show in the travel patterns of the railways.
statistics maintained by the statistics directorate of the railways show that between April 1, 2016 and March 10, 2017, 3AC coaches carried 17 per cent of all passengers in long-distance trains. These 3AC coaches however accounted for 32.60 per cent of all the earnings from passenger fares.
In contrast, Sleeper coaches carried 59.78 per cent passengers and contributed about 44.78 per cent of passenger earnings. Infact the numbers show that the predominance of Sleeper coach passengers is showing a downward trend. Last year the share of these coaches was 60.60 per cent of passengers and 45.94 per cent of earnings.
The 3AC class on the other hand showed a northward trend and increased its passenger share from 16.69 per cent last year to 17.15 per cent, and it increased its share in passenger earnings from 32.60 per cent last year to 33.65 per cent between April 1, 2017 and March 10, 2017.
In reply to a query by DNA on whether the railways would progressively move towards 3AC trains on more routes, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohammad Jamshed replied in the affirmative. "Yes of course, 3AC shall be gradually increased," Jamshed said.
According to officials, the performance of Humsafar trains, which are trains with only 3AC coaches, over the next few months will make the picture clearer. "India's aviation market is the fastest growing in the world. We just crossed Japan this year as the nation with the third highest number of domestic air-travellers. That is a good benchmark for the increasing upward mobility of Indians. In such a scenario, the effect of economic progress will play its part on train travel patterns as well. The process of the sleeper class going downward and more passengers travelling by AC classes has begun and will get more pronounced in the years to come," explained a senior railway official.

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Intersecting figures, more than thrice the no. of passengers travel in SL as compared to AC but the total earnings from both the class has a mere difference of 3 thousand crores.

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Indian weathers be it summer, rainy, winter is difficult in sleeper. 3rd AC SF like HS should be introduced on more routes.
Today (12:18)  Gravy train: 6 more railway stations to get food plazas (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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CHENNAI: Six more Southern Railway stations will have food plazas, with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) coming up with plans to widen its passengers' food options.
The railways had proposed to set up the food plazas first at the Trichy and Madurai stations. Officials on Saturday opened the Trichy station outlet. In the next phase, they will set up food plazas at the eastern and western ends of Tambaram station and, later, at Egmore station (at the entrance from Poonamalee High Road), Arakkonam and Tiruttani.
"The Tambaram and Egmore food plazas
have been designed outside the ticketing zone," a senior railway official said. "They will have entrances from outside the station so patrons will not be limited to people entering the stations."
Many south-bound train services will originate and end at Tambaram, which will be Chennai's third railway terminal, so officials expect a large number of customers at its food plazas.
The outlet in Egmore will also target metro rail commuters, as the transit system will have a station nearby .
The Arakkonam station, a major junction for trains from Chennai to Salem, Coimbatore, Kerala and Bengaluru, also has a number of suburban train commuters who will bene fit from wider food and beverage options, officials said.
Southern Railway handed over the contracts to firms two years ago. Officials designed the agreements to allow a main contractor to bring in other popular players in the food business. It aims to cater to passengers willing to pay the market rate for food products instead of the cost of subsidised food from railway caterers, which few passengers prefer due to lack in quality.
Experts say IRCTC and Southern Railway should work out their differences to speed up work on the food plazas.They say even simple approvals now take a long time.
"The Tambaram plaza could not be inaugurated during railway minister Suresh Prabhu's visit to Chennai early in March because it did not have an electricity connection," an expert said. "Such delays can be avoided if there is coordination."
Today (12:17)  Railways' Roll-on-Roll-off service goes off track due to technical hurdles (indiatoday.intoday.in)
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In less than a month of its launch, railways' much-hyped Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off) service goes off track owing to technical hurdles. The service was rolled out with great fanfare as a step towards reducing Delhi's air pollution and unclogging city roads.
However, the major reason that brought the Ro-Ro service to a halt was the low height of overhead electrification in Delhi region due to which bigger trucks could not be loaded on railway wagons.
Also, the railways has not received any booking from smaller goods vehicles since March 9.
was estimated that the service would take off nearly 20,000 trucks from Delhi roads that are not destined for the city. The Delhi division has sent a detailed report to the railway ministry that the service could not be continued due to technical reasons.
Official sources said the service was started in haste as no ground work was done before the launch. The height of overhead electric wires in Delhi region has been kept low due to presence of several FoBs (foot over bridges) and RuBs (road under bridges). Due to this, only smaller vehicles with height of 3.2 metre can be loaded on open rail wagons for transportation.
"There is no appropriate platform to load bigger trucks on wagons. Further if they are loaded, there is a fear of touching the 25KW overhead wires," said a senior railway official.
"While there are technical difficulties in transporting heavy goods vehicles, there is no demand from smaller vehicles for the railway service," he added.
Delhi's Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Arun Arora said a detailed report has been sent to the railway board. "The service has been temporarily stopped as there was no booking over the last few days. Low height of overhead electric wires restricts the transportation of big trucks on rail wagons.
We have sent a detailed report to the railway ministry apprising it of the technical hurdles. The service will be restarted after modifications," Arora told MAIL TODAY.
The pilot project was launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on March 2. About 30 loaded trucks were transported on the flat wagons from Garhi Harsuru station in Gurugram to Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Railways had pressed four Ro-Ro trains into service to cater to 500-odd trucks every day. It had plans to increase the capacity to 40 trains per day. Ro-Ro service aims to reduce carbon emission and congestion on the roads of the National Capital Region (NCR) as about 66,000 diesel-guzzling trucks pass through Delhi and its adjoining areas in a day.
According to railways, there are about 20,000 trucks which are not meant for the NCR, but enter the region to travel further. Of the total 127 entry/exit points to Delhi, nine major points criss-crossing the region account for 75 per cent of the commercial light and heavy duty trucks.
Railway ministry officials said eight more routes will be identified soon.
According to a study conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), commercial vehicles entering Delhi spew close to 30 per cent of the total particulate load and 22 per cent of nitrogen oxide load from the transport sector.
Today (12:17)  Railway to have integrated software for instant data collection (www.business-standard.com)
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The railways is firming up an integrated software, a first-of-its-kind for the national carrier, for data collection in fastest possible time.
Various functions of the railways such as passenger reservation, movement of goods trains and asset management will be brought within the ambit of the software.
Named as 'One ICT', the sophisticated software would cost about Rs 5,000 crore over the next five years and will cover the entire gamut of functional requirements of the railways, said a railway ministry official.
software will use digital technology for better connectivity of goods and services with the market and efficient internal management, leading to higher customer satisfaction, he added.
"Numerous stand-alone software have been developed by the railways for various purposes. For the first time, we are moving towards an integrated software which will be like a single-window system," said the official who is involved in the project.
To develop the software, the railways will organise a day-long conference, involving leading software companies, here tomorrow to draw the roadmap. It is likely to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop it.
The conference would be inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
'One ICT' will cover all the aspects, including cost analysis, attendance, accounting, asset management, medical management and land management, of the railways.
Better capacity and asset utilisation would help the railways run more trains, carry more freight, provide better and reliable services to passengers, increase its revenues and make its operations more safe.
This will be ensured by the 'IR-OneICT' platform with the help of best-in-class technology and world class business analytics, advanced software solutions available and automated data collection from a single source with real-time availability, said the official.
The public carrier has scaled up its IT expenditure from Rs 336 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 513 crore in the 2017-18 financial year.

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A very good step which can help IR by giving vital data/ reports and analyses. This in turn shall enable IR to take right decisions, so that better utilisation of all the resources deployed could to done and efficiency/ profitability of IR could be increased.
But all this could happen only when IR takes the right decisions based on the data/information reveived and implement them in true spirit. Else the money spent shall be wasted.
Today (12:17)  For Railways, AC 3-tier is the only coach on profit track (www.thehindubusinessline.com)
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NEW DELHI, MARCH 26:   The AC 3-tier passenger segment is turning out to be a money-spinner for the Railways, which explains why the national transporter is focussing on it.
For instance, the Railways has introduced Humsafar trains, which have only AC 3-tier coaches, on routes where passenger traffic is high.
While the Railways usually does not share segment-wise profit data, figures from the Comptroller and Auditor General show that only the AC 3-tier — not even AC-1, AC 2-tier or chair car — segment is making operational profits. Within the AC segment, more
people travel in the 3-tier segment than in the AC-1, AC-2 and chair car put together, according to the Railways’ data.
From April 1 to March 10 this fiscal year (FY17), 8.4 crore passengers travelled by AC 3-tier against 5.4 crore in the other AC segments. While AC-1 carried 30 lakh passengers, AC-2 and AC chair car booked 2.5 crore and 2.6 crore people, respectively.
Asked if this was the rationale for raising the share of the AC 3-tier segment, Mohd Jamshed, Member–Traffic, Railway Board, replied in the affirmative. He declined to comment on segment-wise profits or losses. Data for 2014-15 show that of the total loss of ₹32,000 crore, the sleeper class accounted for almost a third, followed by second class (26 per cent), ordinary class (23 per cent) and the suburban segment (14.41 per cent).
As for operating losses, the ordinary class runs at a 65 per cent loss, followed by EMU suburban services (64 per cent), second class (43 per cent) and sleeper class (41 per cent), respectively.
Railway officials declined to comment on any increase or rationalisation in passenger fares now that the elections in five States are over.

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Thats true thats why they intro humsafar but flexi fare ruined it

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1 compliments
Ye b sach h
Jo sabse jyada profit de raha hai usi ko sabse jyada loot rahe ho, kya baat hai!!

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Bahut sare train me Sleeper & GS hatakar 3 tier daal rahe hai.

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3A being real money spinner is no secret. Railways should have more certain fares than dynamic. Instead of dynamic more seats can be given to Tatkal qouta for more earning

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Hmmm khaskar day time ki long ICE type like PPTA-LJN, Fazilka-delhi ice via umb etc
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जांचके बाद फतेहपुर स्टेशन पर सीआरएस,डीआरएस आदि ने स्टेशन पर राज्य और जिले के वरिष्ठ रेल अधिकारियों से मुलाकात की तथा विभिन्न विषयों पर चर्चा कर दिशा निर्देश दिए।
सीआरएसस्पेशल ट्रेन से गए अधिकारी
हरसावासे फतेहपुर तक ट्रॉली से आने बाद सभी वरिष्ठ अधिकारी स्टेशन पर पहले से खड़ी सीआरएस स्पेशल ट्रेन से सीकर गए और रास्ते में स्पीड की ट्रायल ली। ट्रेन में 10 डिब्बे थे।
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रेलवेस्टेशन पर पटरियों का काम पूरा होने के बाद पहली बार ट्रेन आने पर लोगों ने लोको पायलट भागीरथ बगड़िया और सहलोको पायलट नंदलाल मीणा का स्वागत किया। रेलवे स्टेशन पर एक हजार से भी अधिक लोग मौजूद थे। सभी में ट्रेन को लेकर जबरदस्त उत्साह था। लोग जानना चाहते थे कि नियमित ट्रेन कब शुरू होगी।
शीघ्ररेल चलने की जताई आशा:निरीक्षणके बाद सीआरएस,डीआरएस सहित रेलवे के अन्य अधिकारियों ने समयावधि तो नहीं बताई परंतु शीघ्र ही सीकर फतेहपुर के मध्य रेल चलने की अाशा जताई।
जनप्रतिनिधियोंने की मुलाकात:स्टेशनपर पूर्व पालिकाध्यक्ष मधुसूदन भिंडा,इसलाम खान,पूर्व पालिकाध्यक्ष गफूर खान,कांग्रेस जिला महामंत्री मुश्ताक नजमी,अख्तर खां सहित अनेक जनप्रतिनिधियों ने वरिष्ठ रेलवे अधिकारियों से मुलाकात कर स्टेशन पर और अधिक सुविधाएं बढ़ाने की मांग की।
पुरानेफाटक पर फुट ओवरब्रिज बनाने की मांग:रेलवेअधिकारियों को विभिन्न संगठनों और लोगों ने ज्ञापन देकर रेलवे स्टेशन पर विभिन्न सुविधाओं की मांग की। विधायक नंदकिशोर महरिया ने स्टेशन पर एफआेबी बनाने तथा फतेहपुर और लक्ष्मणगढ़ में शीघ्र स्थायी स्टाफ लगाने की मांग की। पूर्व पालिकाध्यक्ष गफूर खान,आबिद टैंटवाला,शिवकुमार मिश्रा,मुस्तकीम गौरी आदि ने कहा कि कस्बे की एक चौथाई अाबादी रेलवे पटरियों के दूसरी तरफ रहती है,इसलिए पुराने फाटक 40 पर फुट ओवरब्रिज बनाया जाना चाहिए। श्री राष्ट्रीय राजपूत करणी सेना ने भी इस बाबत ज्ञापन दिया।
डीआरएमसे की फुट ओवरब्रिज बनाने की मांग
लक्ष्मणगढ़|रेलवेस्टेशन की समस्याओं को लेकर भाजपा नेताओं ने डीआरएम अंजलि गोयल से मुलाकात की। सांसद प्रतिनिधि के रूप में पूर्व जिलाध्यक्ष महेश शर्मा मंडल अध्यक्ष मनोज शर्मा की अगुवाई में मिले नेताओं ने ज्ञापन में सीकर-चूरू खंड पर कायमसर हरसावा स्टेशन को यथावत रखने,लक्ष्मणगढ़ स्टेशन पर फुट ओवरब्रिज के अलावा मुकुंदगढ़ रोड पर बंद किए गए फाटक से होने वाली परेशानी दूर करने के लिए रेलवे ट्रैक के दोनों ओर एफओबी निर्माण की मांग की।
Today (10:05)  Suresh Prabhu inaugurates newly laid Nizamabad-Morthad & Devarkadra-Jaklair Rail Lines, flags-off Train Services (www.railnews.in)
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SECUNDERABAD: Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated a host of Developmental Initiatives on South Central Railway at a function held at Hi-Tech City Railway Station, Hyderabad today i.e., 25th March, 2017. The function was simultaneously held at Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar and Aurangabad through video remote link. The developmental initiatives inaugurated are –
Commissioning of Nizamabad-Morthad New Railway Line and Flagging off DEMU Train Services between Nizamabad-Karimnagar.
Commissioning of Devarkadra-Jaklair New Railway Line and Flagging off DEMU Passenger between Mahbubnagar-Jaklair.
Foundation stone for Doubling of Mahbubnagar-Secunderabad Railway Line.
Dedication of Second Entry of Malkajgiri Railway Station.
Declaration of 10 Railway Stations on SCR – Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Basar, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kakinada Town, Tirupati, Raichur, Aurangabad and Nanded as Digital Payment enabled (DiGiPay) stations.
Commissioning of 225 kWp on Grid Solar Plant at Hyderabad Railway Station
Commissioning of Water Recycling Plant at Hyderabad Railway Station.
Revival of Water body at Alugadda Bavi, Secunderabad.
Dedication of two Escalators on Platform No. 1 & 2/3 at Aurangabad Railway Station to the Nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that the host of Rail Infra Developmental Works being commissioned today are gifts to the people of Telugu speaking States on the occasion of ‘Ugadi’ and on the occasion of ‘Gudipadva’ to the people of Maharashtra. He said that an amount of Rs.1729 Crores has been granted as budgetary outlay for Rail Projects in Telangana State which is a sizable increase of 187 % over the average of previous two years.
For New Lines, the budgetary grant is Rs.1375 Crores as against previous allocation of Rs.312 Crores for the year 2016-17, which is 340% more. For doubling and third line works, the budgetary grant is Rs.449 Crores as against Rs.294 Crores during the previous financial year. Suresh Prabhu said that Indian Railways is focusing primarily on Passenger Safety, Capital and Developmental Works, Cleanliness and Accounting Reforms for the overall progress.
The other areas of prime focus for Indian Railways relates to reducing cost of expenditure on power. Indian Railways has saved Rs.4000 Crores during the year by taking up reforms in the Power Sector. Generation of Solar Power to supplement the Traction and Non-Traction needs of Railways has been taken up on large scale. Railways have joined hands with the State Governments in Environmental Protection with afforestation programs on vacant lands, the Minister informed.
Elaborating on the stress laid by Indian Railways in progress of the Rail Network in various states, the Minister said that Telangana State, the youngest state of the country will be given all cooperation by the Railways for ensuring development. As part of Capital Investment Program a new work between Armoor-Adilabad for a length of 220 Kms at a cost of Rs. 2800 Crores has been sanctioned for taking up as a part of joint venture with State Govt. The other works include new survey for doubling of Bolaram-Mudkhed, 4th Line between Kazipet-Balharshah, new line for a length of 115 Kms between Mancheriyal- Gadchiroli etc., Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu added. Responding to the plea of public representatives and passenger associations, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu stated that stoppages will be provided for Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express and Hyderabad-Pune Express at Lingampalli.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge), Govt. of India appreciated Railway Minster’s initiatives for development of Railways infrastructure in the Telangana region. He requested the Railway Minister to initiate proposals for extension of railway line from Bhadrachalam Road to Bhadrachalam temple city. He also requested for construction of Yatri Nivas Kendra for the convenience of passengers at Secunderabad, Kazipet and at another place of choice by State Govt.
A.P.Jithender Reddy, Member of Parliament, Mahbubnagar; Smt.K.Kavitha, Member of Parliament, Nizamabad; Ch.Malla Reddy, MP, Malkajgiri; D.Srinivas, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha); B.B.Patil, Member of Parliament, Zahirabad; Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation; Smt. A. Lalitha, MLC; V.Sinivas Goud, MLA; B.Govardhan Reddy, MLA participated in the meeting at Hyderabad.
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SURAT: The ambitious multi-modal transport hub construction project of Surat railway station, slated to begin last year, received nine bids by interested developers even as authorities have advanced the bidding dates to April 15, 2017. This was revealed by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) CEO Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, who gave a talk on “Metro System: Planning, Design & Operation” at CEPT University on Thursday after attending the second meeting of GARUD (Gandhinagar Railway Station Integrated Development Company Ltd,) — an SPV formed to implement redevelopment of Gandhinagar railway station.
While global bids were invited for railway station redevelopment projects flagged off by IRSDC, Lohia quelled rumours of leading Chinese realty developer Wanda Group bagging the Surat project and added that Metro
may be integrated into the Surat project. Sources close to the development said that close to four bids had come for the Gandhinagar project.
“The Wanda Group had come and met us. They were interested for Gandhinagar and Surat, but we have been trying to showcase the projects across the globe and have held roadshows in Abu Dhabi, Dubai etc. In both instances, we had opened up the bids globally, but perhaps the size of the project was small so we did not get global projects to bid. The Gandhinagar railway station redevelopment project is roughly Rs 245 crore, including the 5-star hotel project which will have 300 rooms. On February 8, the bidding process for redevelopment of 23 railways station in the country was put into motion and by mid-May or so, prospective bidders and developers will submit their concept designs, to be followed by a process of selection… In Surat, we have invited the bids and we have received a total of 9 parties by March 3 and are in the process of evaluating and hopefully by April 15, we will issue the RFP (Request for proposal),” said Lohia.
He said the entity will have a separate students category in the design competition which sought to invite concept design for the redevelopment of Gwalior, Baiyappanahalli (Bengaluru), Gandhinagar-Jaipur, Amritsar and Nagpur stations. He said that while both students and professional architectural firms will be adjudged by the same jury, this move will open up work opportunities for budding talent to work with professional firms while allowing IRSDC to have a wider stakeholder consultation. The winning firm will also operate the five-star hotel and the twin properties of Mahatma Mandir and Helipad exhibition grounds.
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