IRCTC Lates News Today: As many as 200 railway stations across the country will get a major facelift with modern amenities and the rail passengers will enjoy numerous facilities. Giving details, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the Central government has prepared a master plan to revamp 200 railway stations. He also added that the overhead spaces will be created on the stations which will have world-class facilities including waiting lounges and food courts.Also Read – 78-Day Bonus For Over 11L Railway Employees. Here's How It Will Be Calculated
“The government has prepared a master plan to revamp 200 railway stations. Overhead spaces will be created on the stations which will have world-class facilities including waiting lounges and food courts, besides amusement facilities for children,” the minister said. Also Read – IRCTC Latest Update: Indian Railways Cancelled 160 Trains On October 2. Check Complete List Here
He said this in Aurangabad on Monday while addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony for a coach maintenance factory at the Aurangabad railway station in Maharashtra. Also Read – Trains at Glance: Railways' New Time Table to be Effective From Today. Routes, Departure And Arrival Timings Here
“Tendering process for 47 railway stations is completed while physical work has started at 32 stations,” he said.
He said the Railways is being transformed. Vaishnaw also said that railway stations will act as the “platform” for the sale of regional products.
Speaking on the contribution of the Marathwada region in Maharashtra in the making of Vande Bharat trains, the minister said, “the country will have 400 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains in the future and 100 of these trains will be manufactured in the coach factory at Latur in Marathwada. The necessary changes in the factory are already being made”.
The rail minister said the government doesn’t give the reason regarding the ‘Rate of Return’ for sanctioning a project.
He said all parts of the country are now being connected either by highways or railways under the PM Gati Shakti scheme, and parts of Marathwada will also be connected.
The coach maintenance facility in Aurangabad has the capacity of 18 coaches but Maharashtra Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ambadas Danve, demanded that this capacity be expanded to cater to 24 coaches.
Vaishnaw instructed officials to review Danve’s demand and send a proposal in the next 15 days.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Railways and Jalna MP, Raosaheb Danve said the Central government has sanctioned ₹ 11,000 crore for Maharashtra, which was ₹ 1,100 crore earlier.