Even as millennials of Gurgaon (oops! I mean Gurugram) crib about lack of modern infrastructure, Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways has taken some measures to upgrade the millennium city’s basic railway station. For decades Gurgaon has had a small town railway station.
Believe it or not, but around 100 trains actually stop at the railway station in Gurgaon, whose importance normally gets eclipsed due to the more popular stations in the national capital of Delhi.
According to Railways, Prabhu visited the Gurgaon station in January 2015 and found it wanting on multiple fronts. Over a time span of one and a half years, Indian Railways has sought to revamp the place, installing improved passenger amenities and aesthetically upgrading it.
The new facilities by Indian Railways include renovated platforms, entrance, deluxe toilets, disruption free power supply.
While inaugurating the facilities, Suresh Prabhu said that Gurgaon is very important place near Delhi. “It (Gurgaon) is also important for the corporate sector. Today’s inauguration of public amenities is a example of such partnerships. Gurgaon station is just like a model for the development of other stations and we hope that we can develop other stations in such a way,” Prabhu said.
We take a look at how Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways has revamped the Gurgaon station with new facilities and improved aesthetics:
1) Circulating Area: Improved main entrance gate, streamlined parking and traffic regulatory system besides facade improvement (total cost Rs 98 lakh).
2) Aesthetics: Attractive murals have been provided on the outer and inner walls. The station’s entrance has been refurbished and the entrance area has been repainted besides creation of green patch in the circulating area.
3) Renovated platforms and drainage system are other improvements at a cost Rs 1.4 crore.
4) New platform shelters, additional seating arrangements (RCC benches) have been provided costing Rs 83 lakh
5) Small shelters, benches and dustbins under MPLAD funds of Rao Inderjit Singh have been added at Rs 60 lakh
6) New toilet blocks for ladies, gents and physically handicapped in circulating area and on platforms under CSR project of RITES are other additions at a cost of Rs 53 lakh
7) Disruption free power supply has been ensured with the provision of a new DG set.
8) A number of green initiatives have also been taken at this station, such as commissioning of Solar Panel of 32.5 KWP on newly constructed passenger shelters and leveraging LED lighting for the station premises.