साबरमती Sabarmati (SBT): Railways has taken the project to upgrade Sabarmati railway station, which is proposed to be an alternative to Kalupur railway station. The railways have already invited tenders for adding two feeder lanes and an additional platform at the station.
Officials said that with railway authorities granting permission to convert Ahmedabad-Mehsana metre-gauge to broad gauge, Ahmedabad railway authorities have decided to add two feeder lanes and one platform at Sabarmati. This will increase accommodation of trains at the station. Officials said that they have plans for trains originating from other parts of the country and heading to North or even to Saurashtra to bypass Kalupur station.
Officials said that they plan to provide a short halt of two minutes to long distance trains at Maninagar and then have the main halt at Sabarmati station. This will mean more trains originating from the city. Kalupur station is saturated and presently important trains like Karnavati Express wait in the yard for nearly 20 minutes being brought to a platform.
Officials said that they have noticed that trains coming from or going towards the north have the majority of passengers alighting or embarking at Sabarmati and hardly 20% from Kalupur. Also, with Bus Rapid Transport System connectivity nearby, travelling to eastern city parts also becomes easier from Sabarmati.
Railway minister Sadananda Gowda, during his visit had announced that the development of Sabarmati station would be taken up on a priority basis. Officials said that this has been a long-pending demand of the Ahmdabad division, but was kept in abeyance following political protests.