'Adarsh Station' scheme: 1,065 modern railway stations developed
Scheme aims at providing enhanced passenger amenitiesAuthor : Sunaina
New Delhi: Out of 1,253 stations that were identified under 'Adarsh Station' scheme, 1,065 railway stations have been developed so far under the scheme and remaining stations are targeted to be developed by 2018-19.
Official sources have said that a unique attempt has been made to combine cleanliness and creativity. Indian Railways has decided to beautify railway stations with wall art of paintings and graffiti or local arts.
Indian Railways has more than 8,700 stations. At present, railway stations are being modernised under 'Adarsh Station' Scheme to provide better enhanced passenger amenities at stations, the added the sources.
Various passenger amenities including improvement of the exterior of the station building, retiring room, waiting room, separate waiting room for ladies, landscaping of circulating area, earmarked parking, signage, Pay & Use toilets, Foot Over Bridge, ramps at entry to station, separate parking for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), non-slippery walkway, 'May I help you' booth, trolley path have been proposed to be provided at Railway stations in order to develop the Indian Railways under this scheme.
So far, station walls of 62 stations in 11 Zonal Railways have been painted with Mithila art painting depicting old mythology.
Several steps have also been taken by Indian Railways to improve the interior of the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) coaches. New interiors with more pleasing colours, aesthetically designed fittings, panelling, improved toilets, are being provided in select existing coaches by refurbishing them during Mid-Life Rehabilitation Various premium services like Humsafar, Tejas, Antyodaya, UDAY, Mahamana, Gatimaan and coaches like Deen Dayalu and Anubhuti, which have improved coach interiors, exteriors, have been introduced in service.Under Project Swarn, 14 Rajdhani and 15 Shatabdi train services have been upgraded across multiple dimensions, which include coach interiors, toilets, onboard cleanliness, staff behavior.