Railways takes first step to give Surat station facelift

सूरत Surat (ST): The Western Railways have called for request for proposal (RFP) for preparing the master plan and study report for development of Surat railway station.

Ten consultants from across the country were present in the pre-bid meeting held on Wednesday and railway officials have asked for RFP for development of railway yard with 70,000 sq metre of land to be developed on public-private partnership (PPP) basis.

However, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC), which is looking at integrated development of the whole of railway station area, has insisted on comprehensive redevelopment.

SMC plans to redevelop nearly 2 lakh sqm land around the railway station that belongs to state government, Gujarat State Road Transport Authority (GSRTC) and local body apart from railway authority.

“In our development plan, we will see that there is no additional financial burden on either railways or local body,” said Milind Torwane, municipal commissioner.

The plan aims at resolving the traffic movement around railway station. It will also establish links for mass transportation from railway station to different parts of the city. The plan includes malls, hotels, offices, multiplexes and an activity center for tourists.

“As we have possession of majority of the land in our hands, we can right way start the work as soon as the plans are finalized,” said Jatin Shah, city engineer, SMC.