GANDHINAGAR RAILWAY STATION
Gandhinagar railway station is situated in Gujarat. On 16-july-2021 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the station along with several key railway projects in the state via video conferencing. The station is the country’s first redeveloped station to provide an “airport-like experience” to passengers.
The ministry promoted the new features in the railway station following its redevelopment and called it a ‘new station for the new India’.
From a luxury hotel to an interfaith prayer hall and an external facade with changing theme-based lighting, here is all you need to know about the facilities at the station:
The station is a green building and has been provided 5-star certification from GEM of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM), the railways ministry said.
In an effort to make the facility inclusive of all people, the ministry said it is “Divyangjan-friendly” station with dedicated ticket booking space, ramps, lifts and parking facilities.S
Seamlessaluminium sheets have been used to cover the station’s roof over all platforms and tracks. The external facade dons a state-of-the-art theme-based lighting that can be changed daily to make the ambience more delightful, the ministry said.
Double-height entrance lobby with a spacious ticketing facility, an interfaith prayer hall and a baby feeding room have also been added to the station after the renovation.
To facilitate movement of visitors, the three existing platforms have been connected using two subways. Also, the platforms have been added with seating facilities that can accommodate 480 people.
The station has segregated entry and exit gates. Escalators and elevators have also been provided to increase ease of movement. A parking facility that could hold 163 cars, 120 two-wheelers and 40 autos has also been included.
An air-conditioned waiting lounge has been built with a seating capacity of 40 pople. A dedicated art gallery with live LED display has also been opened.
Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre has been constructed to provide seamless experience to visitors, the ministry said. A luxury hotel spread across 7,400 sq mt has also been opened for guests attending seminars and conferences at the Mahatma Mandir. The hotel will be operated by a private entity and costs ₹790 crore with 318 rooms.