The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has invited online bids to seek consultancy services for undertaking feasibility study, detailed master planning, urban designing and engineering and preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for the integrated redevelopment of the Ahmedabad railway station.
According to RLDA officials, the objective of the re-development is to upgrade it in line with the requirements over time without diluting its historical significance, besides providing state-of-the-art passenger amenities.
RLDA Vice-Chairman Ved Parkash Dudeja said, "The Ahmedabad railway station is the biggest station in Gujarat. The redevelopment of the station will redefine its aesthetic appeal while keeping its legacy intact."
He said, "It will also offer convenience to passengers and enhance their experience. This re-development coupled with the Smart City initiative will boost tourism and improve real estate prospects in the surrounding region."
The Ahmedabad railway station with 12 platforms falls under the Ahmedabad division.
The station premises also houses two minarets as remnants of Sidi Bashir Mosque that are deemed as heritage structures. The station handles an average footfall of around 52,843 commuters daily.
The redeveloped station will be equipped with amenities such as segregation of arrival and departure, excellent road connectivity with multi-modal transport integration, security and surveillance systems and many more.
RLDA officials said that the winner of the bid will be mandated to provide solutions such as infrastructure and architecture to cause minimum inconvenience to train operations, passengers, and residents during construction, ensuring harmonious and complementary co-existence of the railway station and the real estate development, proposing green measures, and much more.
"They will be mandated to prepare a technical feasibility report, concept plans and master plan for the development/redevelopment of the project, and implementation of mandatory works. They will conduct activities such as railway demand assessment, traffic study and integrated traffic plans, engineering survey, geotechnical investigations, among others, for the said purpose," the official said.
RLDA is a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways for the development of vacant railway land for commercial use in line with the objective to generate revenue by non-tariff measures.
Currently, Indian Railways has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land across the country and the RLDA has over 79 sites in different parts of India for leasing and the eligible developers for each will be selected through an open and transparent bidding process.
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