Correct Answer : Option (C) - ₹24,470 Crores
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of 508 railway stations spread across the country in a virtual manner on 6th August 2023.
According to the Ministry of Railways, the redevelopment work has been done at an estimated cost of ₹24,470 crore.
Improving passenger amenities is a major focus of the government. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said, the Prime Minister is personally monitoring the progress of the Railways from time to time and has given excellent inputs in designing the stations.
Revival of only 508 stations currently under Amrit Bharat scheme :
Currently only 508 stations are being taken up for revival under the Amrit Bharat scheme launched for redevelopment of 1,309 stations.
Under the scheme, construction work is in progress at 24 stations in 10 states – Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
Officials told media agency The Hindu that the estimated cost for the stations where work is underway is ₹11,136 crore.
These 508 stations are spread over 27 states and union territories :
* 55 stations in Uttar Pradesh
* 55 stations in Rajasthan
* 49 stations in Bihar
* 44 stations in Maharashtra
* 37 stations in West Bengal
* 34 stations in Madhya Pradesh
* 32 stations in Assam
* 25 stations in Odisha
* 22 stations in Punjab
* 21 stations in Gujarat
* 21 stations in Telangana
* 20 stations in Jharkhand
* 18 stations in Andhra Pradesh
* 18 stations in Tamil Nadu
* 15 stations in Haryana
* 13 stations in Karnataka
* 8 stations in Chandigarh
* 5 stations in Kerala
* 3 stations in Delhi
* 3 stations in Tripura
* 3 stations in Jammu and Kashmir
* 3 stations in Uttarakhand
* 1 station in Himachal Pradesh
* 1 station in Meghalaya
* 1 station in Nagaland
* 1 station in Puducherry
₹1,813 crore given to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus :
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has been given the highest allocation of ₹1,813 crore among 24 stations. This station is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, Gujarat’s Surat station has been allotted a renovation of ₹980 crore. Just after Surat is Chennai Egmore station in Tamil Nadu, whose development cost is estimated to be ₹842 crore. ‘The revitalization of some of these stations is a complex task. A top railway official said, there are 25% to 30% stations in this scheme where we are facing challenges in improvement.
Challenging endeavor to develop Kerala’s Ernakulam station :
“For example, developing Kerala’s Ernakulam station, which is being developed at a cost of ₹445 crore, is a challenging endeavor as there is construction on both sides of the tracks and little room for expansion,” the official said. There is space.’ The official further said, another example is the Sabarmati station being built at an estimated cost of ₹335 crore, which requires multi-modal transport connectivity as it is one of the main stations for the bullet train project.