Railways launches design competition to redevelop 600 stations
The Railways has launched a competition to select designs for redeveloping 600 major stations across the country.
The SRIJAN (or station rejuvenation through joint action) has ben launched on the mygov.com portal by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC), a Railways joint venture company in charge of the national transporters mega station redevelopment project.
Anyone can sent in their proposals to develop a station of their choice. The last date for sending in entries is March 26, IRSDC Managing Director and Chief Executive officer Sanjeev Kumar Lohia said in a press briefing.
“Its a first-of-its-kind crowd-sourcing competition open to all to invite innovative, scalable, low-cost-and-high-impact ideas from stakeholders for upgrading the look and feel of the railway stations and thereby transform the functional utility, raise the revenue generation capacity and lower operations and maintenance cost of railway stations,” Lohia said.
The winners of the competition will receive letters of commendations and shortlisted participants may get an opportunity to professionally associate with the IRSDC.
To shorten the process of engagement of qualified and experienced firms for design of stations, the IRSDC has already carried out one round of empanelment of agencies for design of stations, Lohia said.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is also slated to meet architects from around the country soon to discuss strategies to take the programme forward, he said