Current context:

 Prime Minister of India have initiated a government initiative to revamp 554 Amrit Bharat stations across India, inaugurating rail overbridges and underbridges.

About current context: 

  • Master plans are being developed to enhance station amenities, including access, cleanliness, Wi-Fi, kiosks for local products, and improved passenger information systems.

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme:

  • The Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS), launched by the Ministry of Railways in February 2023, aims to modernize, and enhance railway stations across India.

 Objectives of the Scheme:

  • Beyond Essentials: The scheme aims to improve facilities beyond the minimum essentials typically found at railway stations. It envisions a comprehensive transformation that goes beyond the basics.
  • Roof Plazas and City Centers: Under the ABSS, railway stations will feature roof plazas and city centers. These spaces will not only enhance passenger experience but also serve as vibrant hubs for local businesses and activities.
  • Amenities Upgrade: The scheme introduces new amenities and upgrades existing ones. From waiting areas to sanitation facilities, the focus is on creating passenger-friendly spaces.

 Design Philosophy: Modern Meets Heritage:

  • Green Building Standards: All Amrit stations adhere to green building standards, contributing to environmental sustainability. This aligns with the government’s ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions in India’s railway network by 2030.
  • Cultural Integration: Each station’s design draws inspiration from specific themes, integrating local landmarks and cultural elements.
  • Jaipur Station: Elements resembling the iconic Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort of Rajasthan.
  • Jammu Tawi Station: Inspiration from the renowned Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Kashmir.

Impact and Vision:

  • Modern Spaces: Passengers will encounter modern amenities, efficient traffic circulation, and well-designed signage for guidance.
  • Local Economy Boost: By supporting local businesses within stations, the scheme contributes to economic growth.
  • Heritage Preservation: The ABSS showcases India’s rich cultural history through its station designs.

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