The Indian Railways will renovate 13 railway stations in Punjab with special focus on beautification and cleanliness. The move comes close on the heels of a French team having inspected the Ludhiana Railway Station to upgrade it into a world-class.
Among the stations selected for this project will be Jalandhar Cantt, Jalandhar City, Beas, Chakki Bank, Pathankot, Patiala, Firozpur, Sirhind, Ludhiana, Bathinda junction, Amritsar, Rajpura and Phagwara.
Most of these railway stations fall on the main Amritsar-Delhi main route except Patiala, Bathinda, Chakki Bank and Pathankot. Both Chakki and Pathankot fall on the main Jammu railway line.
The Railways will soon invite bids for design and ideas from interested parties. Divisional Regional Manager (DRM) Firozpur Anuj Parkash said the Railways would seek assistance from the Punjab government or an NGO. “The Railways does not have the funds. The cost of re-development of stations would be met by leveraging commercial development on the railway land around the railway stations,” he said.