Jul 22, 2016

Development Of Railway Stations of tourist importance

In Railway Budget 2011-12, 24 railway stations of tourist importance were identified for upgradation of passenger amenities in association with Ministry of Tourism (MOT) on a cost sharing basis of 50:50 subject to a ceiling of `240 Cr. from MOT and MOR together. The stations are Hyderabad, Hospet, Agra, Rae Bareli, Varanasi, Kamakhya, Haridwar, Gaya, Madurai, Tarapith, Thiruvananthapuram, Amritsar, Delhi Safdurjung, Kurukshetra, Aurangabad, Nanded, Puri, Tarakeshwar, Rameshwaram, Tirupati, Guwahati, Jaipur, Ajmer and New Jalpaiguri. Agra Cantt., Rae Bareli and Varanasi are in the State of Uttar Pradesh. 

Out of the 24 stations, 15 stations (i.e. Amritsar, Agra Cantt., Gaya, Rae-Bareli and Thiruvananthapuram (first phase), Jaipur, Ajmer, Puri, Delhi Safdarjung, Kurukshetra, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Hospet and Haridwar) have been jointly inspected. Out of these 15 stations, estimates for 13 stations (i.e. Amritsar, Agra Cantt., Gaya, Rae-Bareli and Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Ajmer, Delhi Safdarjung, Kurukshetra, Varanasi, Hyderabad, Tirupati and Puri) have been sent to MOT for release of funds. 

MOT has released part funds for 5 stations (i.e. Amritsar, Agra Cantt., Gaya, Rae-Bareli, Thiruvananthapuram) amounting to `12.50 Cr on 11.02.2014, for 2 stations (i.e. Ajmer and Jaipur) amounting to `5.2 Cr. on 10.10.2014 and for Puri station amounting to `3.07 Cr. on 2.5.2016. The work at Puri station was completed by IR with its own resources and work has been taken up at the other stations also where funds have been released by MOT. 

The works at Agra Cantt. and Varanasi stations are in progress. 

This Press Release is based on information given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications and Minister of State for Railways in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha

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