Departures from the first floor and arrivals on the ground floor. If you think we are talking about the swanky terminals at the city airport, think again.
That is how passengers will board and deboard trains at the New Delhi railway station in future, airport-style.
That's not all. Passengers will wait for trains in the comfort of AC lounges, there will be more foot overbridges, the platform walls will sport murals, floors will be tiled and visitors will be able to leave their vehicles at automated parking lots, among other facilities.
The renovation is part of an ambitious modernisation plan the Indian Railways unveiled recently for the three main railway stations in the Capital - New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin.
The overall cost of the makeover is pegged at Rs 243 crore - Rs 155 crore for New Delhi, Rs 50 crore for Old Delhi and Rs 38 crore for Nizamuddin.
The biggest share of the project cost will be spent on building automated parking lots at the three railway stations.
At the New Delhi railway station, two automated parking lots will be built, one on the Ajmeri Gate side and the other on the Paharganj side at a cost of Rs 30 crore and Rs 94 crore, respectively.
The other two stations too will have similar parking lots.
Besides, to beef up security outside the New Delhi railway station, access of visitors and vehicles will be controlled with automatic gates, spiked barriers and tyre killers.
A grade separator will be built on Chelmsford Road, which is used by motorists to drive to and out of the station.
Additionally, the station will get 10ft-high concrete walls spiked with wires along tracks to stop trespassers from walking along tracks and ballastless tracks, or a continuous slab of concrete on whose surface rails are placed.
Sitting on 1.9 lakh sqm, the New Delhi railway station has 16 platforms hosting 290 trains daily. The station earns a daily revenue of Rs 75 lakh.
After the makeover, all trains will depart from the first floor to which access will be provided by elevators, ramps, staircases and escalators. All train arrivals will be on the ground floor.
The Old Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations will also see similar makeovers.
Steel benches will replace the rickety ones on the platforms and the floors will be paved with tiles.
The overhead bridges will be widened at Old Delhi so that electric vehicles carrying elderly and sick passengers can ply on them.Courtesy: Mail Today