Criteria For Redeveloping Railway Stations Redrawn
The government, on January 5, said it has redrawn the criteria for the redevelopment of railway stations. According to Railway minister Piyush Goyal, the stations would be re-categorised on the basis of revenue, footfall and strategic importance. Many new stations are being identified for redevelopment, he further said.
Nearly 23 stations are being redeveloped in the first stage of the station redevelopment program by zonal railways.
During the Question Hour at the Rajya Sabha, members also raised the issue of the tragedy in Mumbai's Elphinstone railway station due to stampede and collapse of a foot overbridge.
Since the footfall criterion was being introduced, Goyal believed that the Elphinstone station could figure among the new stations.
The minister said the Army's help had been sought with regard to the station and added that a private contract was also given.
A member complained of the unhygienic condition in train toilets and asked whether private contractors were accountable. Goyal said action can be taken and urged the members to bring such instances to his notice.