Hindustan Times (Lucknow)


- HT Correspond­ent letters@htlive.com

: The Rail Land Developmen­t Authority (RLDA) has mooted a proposal for the redevelopm­ent of the Lucknow Railway Station— Charbagh.

Lucknow Railway Station redevelopm­ent is a railway up-gradation project including complete integrated developmen­t and redevelopm­ent of both NR and NER stations along with 12.23 acres land for commercial purpose, said Ved Parkash Dudeja, vice chairman, RLDA.

“The objective of the redevelopm­ent is to equip the stations with state-of-the-art amenities like segregatio­n of arrival and departure, air-concourse, footover bridges, lifts and escalators, facilities for the speciallya­bled passengers, etc. to ensure a hassle-free travel experience. The station will be redevelope­d on a design-build-operate-finance-transfer (DBFOT) model in two phases with a total cost of Rs 556.8 crore,” he said.

The pre-bid meeting for developers was held on April 9, 2021. The deadline for the submission of Request for Qualificat­ion (RFQ) from intending bidders is June 24, 2021, he said.

He said the redevelopm­ent encompasse­s two components--first is mandatory component that is station and second is station estate component under which surroundin­g railway land would be used for pre-approved commercial and residentia­l developmen­t.

The cost of redevelopm­ent in phase 1 is estimated at Rs 442.5 crore over three years whereas in redevelopm­ent of phase 2 the estimated cost was Rs 114.3 crore over two years, he said.

“The design will incorporat­e the green building concept while adhering to the life-cycle cost minimisati­on approach, which will be the hallmarks of the newly-redevelope­d station. At the same time the heritage look of the existing grand station building will be retained,” Dudeja said.

“The redevelopm­ent of the Lucknow Railway Station will augment the tourism potential and lead to employment generation. It will also boost real estate in the vicinity and have a formidable socio-economic impact on the region,” he said.

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