As part of the Indian Railways’ station redevelopment project, the national transporter will redevelop the Charbagh railway station of Lucknow, taking it up a railway up-gradation project. According to a statement shared by the Rail Land Development Authority, the project will include the complete rework of the Lucknow Charbagh or LKO (NR) and the Lucknow Junction or LJN (NER) stations, along with the commercial land parcel of 12.23-acre. (Also Read: Bids Invited To Lease Land Parcels For Commercial Development In Rajasthan )
According to details shared by the statutory body, the railway station will be redeveloped on a Design-Build-Operate-Finance-Transfer or DBFOT model in two phases at a total cost of Rs 556.8 crore. As part of the redevelopment, the Rail Land Development Authority floated a Request for Qualification (RFQ). In this regard, the pre-bid meeting for the developers was held on April 9, 2021, and the deadline for the RFQ submission is set as June 24, 2021.
The objective of the redevelopment project is to equip the station with state-of-the-art passenger-centric facilities such as an air-concourse, segregation of arrival and departure, foot-over bridges (FOBs), lifts, escalators, conducive facilities for the specially-abled passengers, etc. The Rail Land Development Authority stated that the station redevelopment process will involve two major components:
- Station or Mandatory Component- this involves the railway station redevelopment
- Station Estate Component- this involves the development of the surrounding railway land for pre-approved commercial as well as residential development.
The cost of the phase 1 redevelopment process is estimated at Rs 442.5 crore over three years, whereas the cost of phase 2 is expected to incur Rs 114.3 crores over two years.