Source: The post is based on the article “Amrit Bharat Station Scheme for Indian Railways” published in the PIB on 28th December 2022.
What is the News?
The Ministry of Railways has formulated a new policy for the modernization of stations named Amrit Bharat Station scheme.
About “Amrit Bharat Station” scheme
The scheme envisages the development of stations on a continuous basis with a long-term vision. It is based on Master Planning for the long term and implementation of the elements of the Master Plan as per the needs and patronage of the station.
Objectives of the scheme: a) Preparation of Master Plans of the Railway stations and implementation in phases to enhance the facilities including and beyond the Minimum Essential Amenities (MEA), b) Cater for the introduction of new amenities as well as upgradation and replacement of existing amenities, c) Relocate redundant/old buildings in a cost-efficient manner.
Scope of work:
-Master Plans will have elementary details of the most appropriate location of Roof Plaza to be created in future.
-Cover the stations where detailed techno-economic feasibility studies have been conducted or are being conducted.
-Existing building usage shall be reviewed and space should be released in favour of passengers.
-Amenities for Divyangjan at stations.
-Gradual shift to sustainable and environmental friendly solutions as per availability of funds and condition of existing assets.
-At least one aesthetically designed hoarding(signage) on each side of the circulating area at a prominent location shall be erected for the display of important information etc.