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Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS)

Context:

Southern Railway has identified 90 stations for development under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS).

Relevance:

GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS)
  2. Facilities Planned under ABSS

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS):

  • The Amrit Bharat Station Scheme (ABSS) aims at the development of railway stations with a long-term vision, focusing on enhancing facilities and amenities beyond the minimum essential requirements.
  • The scheme will consolidate and replace previous redevelopment projects that have not yet commenced.
Implementation Approach:
  • The scheme entails the preparation of Master Plans for railway stations and their phased implementation.
  • Master Plans will be based on factors such as station footfall and inputs from stakeholders.
  • Zonal railways are responsible for selecting stations, which will then be approved by a committee of senior railway officials.
  • The objective is to execute low-cost redevelopment that can be implemented in a timely manner.
Facilities Planned under ABSS:
  • Creation of a Roof Plaza in the future.
  • Provision of free Wi-Fi and space for 5G mobile towers.
  • Improving access through road widening, removal of unwanted structures, well-designed signages, dedicated pedestrian pathways, well-planned parking areas, and improved lighting.
  • Efforts will be made to combine different grades/types of waiting halls and provide quality cafeteria and retail facilities.
  • Upgrading furniture in waiting rooms, platforms, restrooms, and offices.
  • High-level platforms (760-840 millimeters) will be provided at all categories of stations.
  • Special amenities will be incorporated for the disabled, following guidelines issued by the Railway Board.

-Source: Indian Express


 

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