Work on developing N Delhi Rly station as world class to begin soo

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New Delhi, Dec 31 (UNI) The work to develop of the New Delhi Railway station as a world class station, which is part of a larger project to develop 22 stations into metropolitan cities and tourist centres, will begin soon.

Terry Ferrell of Hong Kong, who have been appointed as the Architect and Technical Consultants, would submit a Master Plan and Feasibility Report by February 2008.

The work will be entrusted to a concessionaire on PPP basis through competitive selection, the Railway Ministry said here today.

The selected concessionaire would develop the station and also the entire surrounding areas as an iconic landmark of Delhi. The concessionaire would also be allowed specified property development rights for a fixed concession period of 35 years.

When completed, the station would provide generous space for departing and arriving passengers with minimum conflict or congestion. Concourses at different levels, elevated first floor and underground, along with generous provision for inter-model connectivity, vehicle and bus parking have been planned.

An empowered Committee under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary is coordinating all government agencies to ensure that the World class project is successfully implemented in time, making a major contribution to the urban landscape of Delhi.

The Ministry today said it was expecting good competition for the develpment of the 22 railway stations.

A global advertisement in this regard has already been issued and leading developers have already shown interest in the projects.

These stations will be developed through public private partnership (PPP).

Required consultancies are being carried out for architectural, technical, financial and legal activities. Needed coordination with local bodies is being carried out by high level committees specially constituted for the purpose.

UNI

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