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Amrit Bharat Station Scheme

  • As part of its station redevelopment initiative, the Ministry of Railways has developed the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme, which aims to modernize over 1,000 small stations over the next few years.
  • Stations will be outfitted with facilities inspired by the mega-upgrades of marquee stations like New Delhi and Ahmedabad but at a lower cost.
  • Rooftop plazas, longer platforms, ballast-less tracks, and 5G connectivity are among the key features of these proposed stations.
  • The scheme will incorporate all previous redevelopment projects that have yet to begin construction.

Implementation strategy

  • The model envisions low-cost station redevelopment that can be completed on time.
  • The responsibility for selecting stations has been delegated to zonal railways, which will then be approved by a committee of senior railway officials.
  • Plans and budgets will be approved only on the basis of factors such as footfall and stakeholder input.

Amenities Planned under this Scheme

  • Provision for future Roof Plaza construction
  • Free Wi-Fi and room for 5G mobile towers
  • Accessibility is improved by widening roads, removing unwanted structures, properly designed signage, dedicated pedestrian pathways, well-planned parking areas, improved lighting, and so on.
  • All stations with a length of 600 meters have high-level platforms (760-840 mm).
  • Disabled-accessible features
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