AMRIT BHARAT STATION SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     21st December 2023        

Context: Recently, Railways Minister announced that a total of 1309 railway stations have been selected for development under the Amrit Bharat Station scheme.

Amrit Bharat Station Scheme

  • Aim: To enhance and modernize railway stations throughout the Indian Railways network.
  • Implemented by: Ministry of Railways
  • Based on: Master Planning for long term and implementation of the elements of Master Plan as per the needs and patronage of the station.
  • Status: Presently, the scheme envisages to take-up 1275 stations for upgradation/modernisation over Indian Railway.

o18 stations of Sonpur Division and 20 stations of Samastipur Division have been identified.

  • Objective of Scheme

oThe scheme aims at preparation of Master Plans of the Railway stations and implementation of the Master Plan in phases to enhance the facilities including and beyond the Minimum Essential Amenities (MEA) and aiming for creation of Roof Plazas and city centres at the station in long run.

oThe scheme shall aim to meet the needs of the stakeholders, station usage studies as far as possible based on availability of funds and inter-se priority.

oThe scheme shall cater for introduction of new amenities as well as upgradation and replacement of existing amenities.