The Ministry of Railways in India has launched a brand new scheme called ‘Amrit Bharat’ which will help in the modernisation of the Indian railway stations across the whole country. It has been formulated with a long-term vision of developing the infrastructure of more than 1,000 railway stations.
The scheme will be implemented in the railway stations of India according to the need and care the particular station would seem to require. The scheme circumscribes the preparation of the Master Plan for each railway station separately followed by the implementation of the same. The main goal is to create Roof Plazas and city centers at the station in the long term.
In addition to everything mentioned above, the new scheme undertakes attempts to develop a better experience for the passengers by introducing good quality amenities at the railway station. It includes multiple kinds of waiting halls, better cafeteria facilities and more feasible retail joints at the railway stations.
Further, the railway station premises shall see improvement in various aspects such as planned parking areas, improved lighting, properly designed signages, removal of unwanted structures, widening of the roads, dedicated pedestrian pathways, etc.
Inclusions in Amrit Bharat Scheme:
The scheme has ensured that every railway station has a platform that is approximately 600 m long. The drainage system at every station will be given special attention and shall be covered with aesthetically designed covers. These covers will also be theft-resistant so we can expect them to stay at their place.
2. Wi-Fi/ Internet
One of the most frustrating parts of being at a railway station is the internet facility because our sim cards also fail to keep up with the signals. The new plan will ensure that the Master Plan has a provision for WiFi access to the passengers that they can use hassle-free. The plan shall also have an area to discuss the suitable spaces to put 5G towers for the same facility.
3. Multi-Design Furniture
The scheme shall also include the review and inspection of the already existing furniture at the railway station. The list of furniture includes the ones placed in the waiting rooms, retiring rooms, platforms, and offices. Post-inspection, more comfortable, durable and new furniture will replace the existing one if required.
4. Amenities for Divyangjan
Divyangjan means physically challenged people who need special help. The scheme will ensure that amenities like special toilets for such people shall be available at the railway station as per the norms and regulations set by the Railway Board of India.