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Kanniyakumari  rly Station to have  world-class infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities

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Chennai: Soon, Kanniyakumari railway station will be identified on the map of redeveloped railway stations.  Work tender for redevelopment of Kanniyakumari railway station has been awarded at a cost of Rs.49.36 Crores and Letter of Acceptance (LOA) has been issued on 23-11-2022.  The station, functioning under Thiruvananthapuram Division of Southern Railway, will offer airport-like experience for rail passengers with futuristic infrastructure and novel amenities upon redevelopment.

 The revamped station will house the following facilities:

·           Futuristic World-class amenities promising to meet the requirements of next 40 to 60 years

·           Seamless movement of passengers by separate Arrival and Departure corridor

·           Aesthetically designed stations with facade lighting arrangements, good illuminationand landscaping

·           Dedicated Parking lots for streamlined movement of different categories of vehicles and pedestrians in exclusive lanesand multi level vehicle parking wherever feasible.

·           Inter-modal connectivity

·           Hassle-free access to all platforms by escalators, lifts, stairways, skywalks

·           Spacious concourse(Roof Plaza), waiting halls, acoustically designed and soothing public announcement system, coverage of entire area by CCTV cameras

·           Differently-abled friendly modern stations

·           Efficient water & energy management measures

·           Clear cut division of Train operation facilities and Passenger amenities

·           Spacious Entrance Lobby with Ticketing facility

·           State of the Art External Façade & landscaping

·           Platforms well connected with Sub-ways, adequate parking facilities

Including Kanniyakumari, Southern Railway has so far awarded tenders for redevelopment of 9 railway stations –, Chennai Egmore, Katpadi Jn , Madurai Jn, Rameswaram (Total- 5 in Tamil Nadu) ErnakulamJn, Ernakulam Town, Kollam (Three in Kerala) and Puducherry.

Redevelopment of other Stations in SR

Southern Railway has also undertaken feasibility study for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 4 stations, viz., Kumbakonam, TirunelveliJn (2 in Tamil Nadu), Chengannur and Thrissur (2 in Kerala).

RLDA had undertaken a feasibility study for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 8 stations, viz., Puratchi Thalaivar Dr.M.G. Ramachandran Central, Tambaram, Avadi, Coimbatore Jn (4 in Tamil Nadu), Thiruvananthapuram Central, Varkala, Kozhikode (3 in Kerala) and Mangalore Central in Karnataka.

Further 38 stations in Southern Railway have been identified for redevelopment and techno economic feasibility study is to be undertaken after final approval from the Railway board.

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