According to General Manager Arun Kumar Jain, Hyderabad station is set to undergo a comprehensive renovation worth 309 crore rupees in the coming years. This redevelopment is part of the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS), which aims to revamp 50 railway stations in the South Central Railway (SCR) region. The planned improvements include tripling the passenger capacity, enhancing parking facilities, and upgrading various amenities.
On August 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a total of 508 stations across the country in the first phase using a virtual platform. The South Central Railway (SCR) network encompasses a total of 50 stations, distributed over the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. The construction and development of these stations have incurred a substantial expenditure amounting to around INR 2,079.29 crore.
The facade and landscaping of Hyderabad station are set to receive a significant transformation. During a press conference held at the Rail Nilayam, the speaker mentioned several key features that will be implemented, including passenger display boards, advanced security and fire-fighting systems, separation of arrival and departure passenger movements, and a multi-model interface.
The current capacity of the station premises, which now accommodates 28,230 people per day, will be expanded to accommodate a projected increase to 48,461 passengers per day. The proposed development includes a total of 15 elevators, 10 newly installed escalators, a substantial basement space spanning around 10,000 square feet, and a retail area over 1100 square feet. There are plans to construct a new footover bridge with a width of 12 metres, as well as upgrade the platform surface, roof, bathrooms, and waiting halls.
Several Mass Rapid Transit System (MMTS) stations in the city, including as the Hi-Tec City station and Begumpet, among others, are set to undergo a comprehensive modernization process as part of the programme. The ABSS policy, developed by the Ministry of Railways, is designed to facilitate the modernization of railway stations. This policy envisions a continuous and long-term approach to development, which includes initiatives such as the removal of unnecessary structures, enhanced lighting, improved circulation areas, upgraded parking facilities, the implementation of infrastructure that is accessible for individuals with disabilities, and the construction of environmentally-friendly buildings that utilize green energy sources.
By the conclusion of the fiscal year, noticeable alterations at these stations will be apparent, as tenders have been assigned for the majority of the projects. According to Mr. Jain, every phase of the implementation process would be closely observed to ensure punctual completion.
I am unfamiliar with the details of the new trains.
The General Manager also asserted that he possesses no knowledge pertaining to the introduction of any new trains, including Vande Bharat trains, within the zone during the current month.
No information has been received from the Railway Board. The individual expressed that without receiving information regarding the distribution of Vande Bharat trains, it would be premature to make any assertions. The event was attended by high-ranking railway officials, including R. Dhananjayalu, who holds the position of additional general manager.