Indian Railways to Utilise PPP Finance to Modernise Stations
Indian Railways have announced a programme to utilise PPP finance to modernise stations fitting into the A-1 and A categories on an “as is where is” basis. Prospective developers will be invited to submit proposals containing their designs and business plans. The cost of the redevelopment of the stations will be met by leveraging commercial development of land and air space in stations and in the surrounding area, by public-private partnership.
No timeframe has been indicated as yet. The reason given is that station redevelopment projects are complicated in nature and require comprehensive technological and economic feasibility studies as well as statutory clearance from local bodies.
In addition to this announcement, Indian Railways have also announced the approval of a rollout of an integrated security system at a further 202 railway stations on its network. The system will comprise closed circuit television cameras, access control, and baggage screening systems, as well as a bomb detection and disposal system. The integrated security system will check passengers and their baggage from their point of entry at the station until boarding the train. The projected cost of the system will be ₹ 385.06 crore.
This plan is in addition to the previously announced installation of CCTV cameras at a further 1000 stations as part of the Nirbhaya Fund from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, which is dedicated to improving the safety of women. This will equate to more than 35,000 CCTV cameras at Indian railway stations, with around 35 cameras per station, delivering feeds to servers at divisional headquarters.
Currently, prevention and detection of crime and all axillary issues, including logging incidents and maintaining law and order on the railways, is the statutory responsibility of the States of India, via the Government Railway Police. This system will enable Indian Railways to supplement the Railway Police to deliver a safer railway for all passengers.