Railways to grade stations for faster infrastructure revamp | India News
NEW DELHI: A number of suburban stations in Mumbai which obtain excessive footfalls and stations of strategic significance throughout the nation could now be positioned within the topmost class of stations permitting them to get a sooner improve of infrastructure and passenger amenities.
Quickly after the tragedy at Elphinstone station in Mumbai, railways has began re-categorisation means of its stations by together with two new yardsticks—number of footfalls and strategic significance. At current passenger earnings is the primary criterion fordetermining the classification. As per plan, the stations will likely be categorised as Grade 1, Grade 2 and so forth individually for suburban, nonsuburban and halt stations.
“They are going to be recognized as NSG1, SG1, HG1 respectively for non-suburban, suburban and halt stations,” stated an official. He added at current all stations are clubbed collectively in classes equivalent to A1, A, B, C and D on the idea of income incomes and there are 75 huge stations equivalent to Delhi, Mumbai Central, Bengaluru, Chennai Central in A1 class.
“Each passenger earnings and passengers dealt on the station (footfall) will likely be considered whereas deciding class of railway station and the sort and scale of facilities to be offered on the station,” stated one other official. The classification performs key position within the building points of stations and deployment of manpower and the upper class stations obtain extra fund and a focus from railway authorities.
“With the separate classification for suburban and inclusion of footfalls as a standards, many suburban stations in Mumbai will get into the highest most class that are at current in C and D class regardless of receiving huge footfalls,” stated an official. He added, “The transfer is geared toward making certain higher passenger amenities equivalent to escalators, elevators, lifts, higher platforms, foot-over-bridges and upgraded facilities like cleanliness and consuming water.”
As per the plan, high 20 stations when it comes to incomes in addition to passengers dealt with will be categorised as “particular class” and enhanced degree of passenger facilities will likely be prescribed for such “mega” stations.