The Northern Railway is set to build a new railway station near the Dwarka Sector-21 Metro station to reduce the load on the New Delhi railway station.
Senior officials of the Northern Railway said the new station at Bijwasan will be developed by the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDCL). M/s IRSDCL had recently awarded the contract for consultancy for the project to a Lead Consortium comprising of M/s Balaji Railroad System Limited (BARSYL), a Hyderabad based Railroad infrastructure and technology company, India and M/s Sener Ingeniera Y Sistemas S.A.
The consortium firm will work out the designs and the estimated cost of the project.
While no timeline has been set for the project, officials said the plan is to develop the new station along the lines of the Anand Vihar railway station.
While the initial plan was to redevelop and expand the Bijwasan station, a decision was later made to build a new station altogether. A plot of land, which lies on the road that leads to the Airport and is right next to the Dwarka Sector-21 Metro station, has been identified for the railway station. As per the scope of work, the Lead Consortium of Sener Ingeniera and BARSYL will jointly Architect and give Technical Consultancy for Preparation of Techno-Commercial Feasibiltiy Study and Master Plan for development/redevelopment of Bijwasan-New Delhi Railway station on Indian Railway network.
This new station will also cater to those who have flown in from far-away locations, both international and domestic, and wish to use the rail network within Northern India.
Northern Railway officials said there was also a need to develop a railway station in South Delhi to decongest the New Delhi railway station.
“The New Delhi station has faced several problems because of the huge footfall that it has to cope with every day. As a result, there are often traffic jams outside the station. The new station will cater to the fast-growing areas in and around Gurgaon as well as Dwarka,” A K Sachan, divisional railway manager of Northern Railway, said.
In the coming weeks, the consultants for the project will look at the station design, and submit cost estimates, which will then have to be approved by the SDA and the Northern Railway.
Northern Railway officials said, eventually, a ring of railway stations across the city in different zones will be developed, with the New Delhi railway station acting as the nodal centre.
“For instance, this new station will be chiefly utilised for trains that come from the country’s Southwest — Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Old Delhi station caters to trains from South India. The Anand Vihar station already caters to eastward-bound trains. In the future, we will look to develop Sarai Rohilla station as well,” a Northern Railway official said.