Next stop for Heritage makeover is Kalupur Railway station

AHMEDABAD: Located at the core of the World Heritage City, the Kalupur Railway Station, is one of the main nodal transit points for Ahmedabad, and the station complex will soon see a convergence of BRT, regional rail and the bullet train.

To help the station blend into the world heritage surrounding it, the Western Railway is all set to give the mundane station a heritage look.

At the entrance to the station the railways is planning to construct a replica of Teen Darwaza — the ceremonial heritage doors to the city. Also the main railway station building will have a huge dome constructed on top with dimensions proportionate to that of the Sarkhej Roza, which has been termed as the acropolis of Ahmedabad by late master architect Le Corbusier.

Railway authorities have also decided to replicate Delhi Darwaja at a particular portion of the railway station.

Dinesh Kumar, divisional railway manager, Ahmedabad Division, said the Walled City represents a rich architectural heritage from the mediaeval sultanate, Mughal and British periods.

“The railway station is your first introduction to the city. We realized the potential for Kalupur Railway Station and adopted the theme of the city’s rich heritage.”

The master plan includes overhauling the entire façade from the entry gate to the exit gate and even the advertising boards, windows, doors, gates, boundary wall, flooring patterns etc. all elements can be be given a facelift by extending the rich architecture elements as seen in the city, he said.

Kumar further said that Platform-1 of the Kalupur station will have a flooring of rough granite while the flooring of other platforms and the foot overbridge will also be replaced by the railways.

Apart from giving the station a heritage look railway authorities have decided to have more passenger facilities at the station which will mean that the first floor offices and the base kitchen in the main building will be shifted out of the area and the same will be used as retiring rooms. These retiring rooms were the need of the hour and will be operated by IRCTC.

A similar station refurbishment is planned by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited for the bullet train at platform 12.

“The Western Railway will be responsible for platforms 1 to 11 while platform 12 will be dealt under the bullet train project,” said a senior railway official.

Separate entry proposed for the Shaking Minarets

The Shaking Minarets situated on Platform-1 of the station, if approved by the Archaeological survey of India, will have a facelift and will have its own entry.

Divisional Railway Manager Dinesh Kumar said that the railway has proposed to the ASI that if permitted they would develop a small garden around the minarets and also have a separate entry from outside. The railway authorities said that currently anyone visiting these minarets needs access from Platform-1 and has to purchase a platform ticket. The officials said that in many instances arguments took place between staff and visitors over the issue.

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