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PM Modi to Lay Foundation For 550 Amrit Bharat Stations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the foundation stone laying ceremony for 550 Amrit Bharat stations on February 26. The initiative aims to improve railway station facilities by developing rooftop plazas and city centers, with an investment of Rs 40,000 crore. Additionally, the Prime Minister will lay foundation stones for about 1,500 road overbridges and underbridges across different states.

This event will be broadcast live at over 2,000 railway stations, showcasing the government’s commitment to transparency and inclusivity.

Recognition for Young Talent

  • In a move to nurture talent and celebrate creativity, prizes will be distributed to around 50,000 school students. These students showcased their skills in speech, essay, and poetry writing contests centered around the theme “2047 – Viksit Bharat ki Railway.”
  • Organized by the Indian Railways across 4,000 schools, these competitions saw participation from nearly four lakh students. The event will witness divisional railway managers and senior railway officers awarding these talented individuals, reaffirming the importance of fostering innovation and expression among the youth.

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme: A Blueprint for Modernization

  • Integral to the government’s vision of transforming railway stations into hubs of connectivity and convenience is the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme.
  • Launched with the aim of developing railway stations across India, the scheme targets the upgradation and modernization of 1275 stations on the Indian Railways network.

Key Features and Objectives

  • At its core, the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme focuses on enhancing various amenities and infrastructure elements at railway stations. This includes:
  • Preparation of master plans for phased implementation.
  • Improvement of station access, waiting halls, toilets, and circulating areas.
  • Integration with city infrastructure and provision of multimodal connectivity.
  • Facilities for differently-abled individuals (Divyangjans).
  • Sustainable and environment-friendly solutions.
  • Provision of high-level platforms and ballastless tracks for enhanced safety and efficiency.

Enhancing Passenger Experience

  • Central to the scheme is the aim of enriching the passenger experience at railway stations.
  • This involves the provision of free Wi-Fi, kiosks for local products, better passenger information systems, executive lounges, and designated spaces for business meetings.
  • Additionally, the scheme emphasizes the creation of environments through landscaping and the development of ‘Roof Plazas’ for leisure and recreation.

Progress and Expansion

  • With 1,318 stations already selected under the scheme, based on proposals from zonal railways and stations located in major cities and towns, the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme is making steady strides towards its objectives.
  • The ongoing efforts underline the government’s commitment to modernizing railway infrastructure and ensuring seamless connectivity across the nation.

A Path to Modernization and Sustainability

  • As the Prime Minister prepares to lay the foundation stones for numerous road overbridges and underbridges, and as young talents are recognized for their creativity and vision, the event serves as a testament to India’s commitment to progress and innovation in the realm of railway infrastructure.
  • With initiatives like the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme paving the way for modernization and development, the future of Indian railways looks promising, poised to meet the evolving needs of its passengers while embracing sustainability and inclusivity.

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