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Country’s most modern railway station inaugurated

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday inaugurated the revamped Rani Kamalpati railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal city. Previously known as Habibganj, the “most-modern” railway station has been renamed after Gond queen Rani Kamalpati.

The station has been redeveloped at a cost of around Rs 450 crore in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Designed as a green building, this railway station has all the modern world-class amenities that also take into account ease of mobility for the physically challenged.

The railway station has giant entertainment screens, while close to 700 passengers can wait for their trains at the premises. Ticket counters of the station have also been modernised and food courts have been set up. The station also has air-conditioned waiting rooms, retiring rooms, dormitories and a VIP lounge have been added as well. The security of the passengers and railway staff will be tracked by 159 CCTV cameras installed in the railway station campus.

The station has been awarded with GEM 5 star rating in GEM Sustainability Certification by ASSOCHAM for green, sustainable design and eco-friendly project. The GEM Sustainability Certification aims to promote eco-friendly green building design and development.

Approximately 70 per cent of the electricity required will be met by use of Solar Energy. 100% waste water is recycled i.e., 300KLD and used for gardening, flushing, as well as washing of washable aprons. Material with limiting VOC content for adhesive, paints, sealant and coating are utilized in the project. Also, CFC free HVAC, Fire extinguisher as well as Suppression system have been used. Further, the project has used recycled materials like Steel, Glass, Cement (Fly ash based), Fly ash Bricks, AAC blocks, RMC, tiles etc. Electrical equipment like LED lights, geyser, fan and AC used in the project are having 5-star BEE

The revamp work was launched in July 2016 and the actual work took off in January 2017 with a deadline to complete it in three years. However, outbreak of Covid-19 delayed the completion of the project. The renovated station is likely to witness average 35,000 to 40,000 passengers everyday.

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