Look, we are chang­ing: A ‘New’ Delhi sta­tion by June

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: With re­vamped toi­lets, up­graded wait­ing rooms and a new colour scheme, the New Delhi rail­way sta­tion is go­ing to don a new look by the end of June.

As part of the first phase of its ren­o­va­tion, bright orange and blue will re­place the dull white on the ex­te­ri­ors of the sta­tion to match the colours that are al­ready be­ing used for foot over­bridges. Rail­way of­fi­cials said the work is on track and most of the ex­ter­nal changes have been com­pleted, adding that more aes­thetic changes will be made in the next two months. Paint­ings and street art will adorn a por­tion of the wall at the sta­tion en­trance, stretch­ing all the way up to the book­ing and en­quiry coun­ters.

“The ex­te­ri­ors will be changed by the end of May and the dead­line for all the re­main­ing upgra­da­tion is June. We have im­proved the wait­ing rooms and toi­lets and have also added more seat­ing op­tions. The in­te­ri­ors have been painted by var­i­ous artists, de­pict­ing the tra­di­tions and her­itage of the coun­try,” said a se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial.

The first phase of the ren­o­va­tion plan con­sists of im­me­di­ate mea­sures that are needed at the sta­tion, while the long-term mea­sures— in­clu- ding a coach-guid­ance sys­tem, false ceil­ings with LED lights and new toi­lets on cer­tain plat­forms—will take an­other 12 months to com­plete.

Last year, rail­ways had con­ducted a de­tailed au­dit of the sta­tion and found that pas­sen­gers wanted bet­ter clean­li­ness and im­proved aes­thet­ics. Sig­nage to guide pas­sen­gers, and more lifts and es­ca­la­tors are also part of the plan. “We have taken into ac­count all fa­cil­i­ties that pas­sen­gers wanted...im­prove­ments have been made to the ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc­ture. The en­tire sta­tion is get­ting a fresh coat of paint. We have al­ready painted the Ajmeri Gate side, in­clud­ing the foot over­bridges,” said the of­fi­cial.

WHAT TO EX­PECT: An artis­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the re­vamped New Delhi rail­way sta­tion

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