Kochi, Jan 27 (PTI) Ernakulam railway station, one of the
busiest in Kerala, will be redeveloped by Rail Land
Development Authority(RLDA), which has invited bids from
RLDA, a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways,
has invited online bids for shortlisting of developers in
connection with the redevelopment of Ernakulum Junction
The station will be developed on a Design, Build,
Finance, Operate, Transfer (DBFOT) model, a statement issued
by the RLDA said here on Wednesday.
The project cost is estimated to be Rs 229 crores.
The station redevelopment component is scheduled for
completion in three years, it said.
Spanning across 48 acres, Ernakulam Junction Railway
Station, consisting of six platforms and two terminal
buildings (the Main entry and the Eastern entry), is
accessible via public transport with the KSRTC bus terminus in
the north and Manorama and Valanjambalam junctions in the
The objective of redevelopment is to provide world-class
amenities such as departure passenger entry hall, arrival
passenger exit hall, baggage security check-in area, an
information centre etc to commuters, the statement said.
The project involves two components- station component or
mandatory component, and the commercial component.
RLDA said it conducted the online pre-bid meeting for the
redevelopment of Ernakulam Railway Station on January 25 and
over 15 participants including Kalpataru Group, Anchorage
Infrastructure, Adani Group, and GMR Group attended it.
The Ernakulam railway station is strategically located
near the bus terminus and well-connected through public
transportation with Kochi.
"Ernakulam South Metro Station has also come up near the
The redevelopment of the station will give a fillip to
real estate and retail spaces in the vicinity and spur the
regional transformation," said Ved Prakash Dudeja, Vice
Chairman of RLDA.
The redeveloped station will be endowed with state-of-
the-art amenities such as two connecting concourses to both
terminals, sufficient in-house retail, food & beverages, and
amenities for the old and physically-challenged passengers.
The Concessionaire will be mandated to undertake the up-
gradation and redevelopment of the Ernakulam Junction Railway
Station and development of the surrounding railway land and
air space for commercial monetization and revenue generation,
followed by operation and maintenance of Railway Station etc.
The developer will be required to carry out a
comprehensive mobility plan within project land after field
study to ensure free and un-obstructive movement of various
modes of transport and pedestrians.
The concession period is 60 years.
RLDA noted that it is currently working on 62 stations in
a phased manner while its subsidiary, IRSDC has taken up
another 61 stations.
The railway stations across India will be redeveloped on
a PPP Model as a part of Smart City Projects launched by the
Government of India.
In the first phase, RLDA has prioritised prominent
stations like New Delhi, Tirupati, Dehradun, Nellore,
Puducherry, Ernakulam etc for redevelopment. PTI TGB
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