Bhubaneswar: An MoU for redevelopment of Bhubaneswar Railway Station was today evening between Indian Railways and Government of Odisha. The MoU signing ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over video conferencing from Lok Seva Bhavan here. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was representing the event on behalf of the Centre.
Divisional Railway Manager of Khurda Road Railway Division Sashikant Singh signed the MoU with Vice Chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), Prem Chand Choudhury.
Area adjoining Bhubaneswar Railway station is proposed for development as Railway Station Multimodal Hub (RSMH) Project under Smart City Mission. This project is being taken up by the State Government through the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA).
The Multi-modal Hub will have New Terminal Building for Railway station, City Bus Terminal, Public Car Park and other allied Public Utilities, A mixed use development over the land belonging to Bhubaneswar Development Authority and General Administration Department, Government of Odisha and A concourse connecting both sides of the station, across all platforms.
The new station building and the two new railway lines with platforms will be developed in an integrated manner over the land belonging to Railways and Govt. of Odisha. The proposed building will have G + 5 floors of which G+2 floors will be earmarked for the use by Railways. The area earmarked for Railways will be 1.74 lakh sqft.
The BDA will involve internationally reputed consultants and showcase Bhubaneswar to the world with a blend of contemporary designs and traditional Kalinda architecture. The multi-modal hub will be developed by the State Government at a cost of Rs 840 crore. The public infrastructure will be completed in 30 months.
Naveen described the event as a historic occasion in Odisha’s journey towards developing Bhubaneswar into a smart city. It would be the first transit-oriented smart development project. The CM expected the project to trigger development of planned central business district for Bhubaneswar.
“As whole Odisha is watching, I am eagerly waiting for this transformation in railways to happen. State Government will extend its full proactive support for this project and I am sure with active support from Railways we will make the project happen in record time,” the CM said.
Pradhan said that it has rarely happened that a State Government has taken a lead role in such a project. “It is certainly a transforming initiative for Bhubaneswar.”