New Delhi: Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav told the Rajya Sabha on Friday that 1,253 railway stations have been identified across the country for development, out of which 1,215 stations have been developed so far and the remaining stations will be completed under the Adarsh Station Scheme by 2022- To be developed by 23. ,
The minister made this announcement while replying to a written question by BJP MP Narhari Amin. The MP’s question was, “Is the beautification of railway stations of the country being done by the government”, Vaishnav said, “The Ministry of Railways has prepared various schemes like Model, Modern and Adarsh Station Scheme for upgradation and beautification of stations.
The Minister said, the upgradation and beautification of railway stations is done under the ‘Adarsh’ station scheme based on the identified need to provide better advanced passenger amenities at the stations. 1,253 stations have been identified for development under Adarsh Station Scheme, out of which 1,215 stations have been developed so far and the remaining stations are targeted to be developed under Adarsh Station Scheme by the financial year 2022-23 .
In addition, Vaishnav said, a new scheme has been launched recently for ‘major upgradation of railway stations’. So far 52 stations have been identified for upgradation under this scheme. “The expenditure on beautification and up-gradation of stations under the Adarsh station scheme is generally funded under scheme head-53 ‘Customer Amenities’,” the minister said.
Vaishnav said, “During the financial year 2021-22, an amount of Rs 2,344.55 crore has been allocated under plan head-53 and in the current financial year 2022-23, an amount of Rs 2,700 crore has been allocated under plan head-53. “
On being asked whether the railway stations located in Gujarat have been selected under this scheme, the Minister said that 32 stations have been identified under the Adarsh station scheme in the state of Gujarat. All 32 stations have been developed under the Adarsh station scheme.
Name of the stations located in Gujarat identified for development under Adarsh Station Scheme are Ambli Road, Becharaji, Bhaktinagar, Bhanwad, Bhataria, Dahod, Gandhidham, Gandhigram, Himmatnagar, Jamnagar, Kadi, Khambalia, Kim, Ot Kosamba, Lalpurjam, Maninagar, Navsari, New Bhuj, Okha, Palanpur, Sabarmati, Sidhpur, Udhna, Una, Unja, Vadnagar, Vijapur, Visnagar, Vyara, Gandhinagar Rajdhani, Sabarmati BG and Patan.
Vaishnav further said that under the “Major Upgradation of Stations” scheme, a total of five stations namely Udhna, Surat, Somnath, Sabarmati BG and MG and New Bhuj have been identified in Gujarat.