Railway Stations To Get Designated Selfie Points Soon!

| March 11 , 2018 , 13:53 IST

Railway stations in India may soon have designated selfie points as the Indian Railways has invited proposals to improve facilities at 70 stations across the country by December 2018.

In a letter to General Managers of various zones quoted by Hindustan Times on Sunday, Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has said, "It has been Railway’s endeavour to redevelop railway stations to provide an enhanced and richer experience to the passenger. About 600 stations have been identified for this purpose across Indian Railways, which will be assigned to IRSDC shortly. However, as a parallel measure, it has been decided to develop about 70 stations through zonal railways separately."

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The letter also mentions having LED lighting to brighten up all areas, charging points, selfie and meeting points and modular catering kiosks. Some other facilities like provision of lifts and escalators, and improvement of circulating areas outside railway stations.

Some of the stations that Indian Railway has suggested include Lonavala in Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaipur, Delhi and Mysore among others.

The divisional railway managers (DRMs) have been asked to appoint an architectural consultant to prepare a plan for the station.

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“These works on the identified stations should be completed by December 2018. The work should include improvement in façade of the station building. Circulating area should also be redeveloped to provide well-regulated lanes for pick up/drop and parking. Suitably located steel dustbins shall be provided ensuring garbage pickup and disposal system,” said another Railway official.

Railway has also decided to allow residential and other commercial structure like hotel or hospital on the railway land near the station. Railway will give the land for the lease of 99 years and the private party will be allowed to exploit it for commercial purpose.