In the coming two years, Chandigarh railway station is in for an “airport-like” makeover replete with an air-conditioned airspace concourse, new roads, modular toilets, subways, escalators and a food plaza. The improved facilities has been conceived by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) and is being built at a cost of Rs 135 crore.
The project will be funded by leasing out about 13.92 acres of land held by the Railways around the station. A new road underbridge from Garcha Chowk to Mauli Jagran Chowk running parallel to Madhya Marg, will be constructed to make the project “commercially viable.
The railway station will get two “end blocks”, which will be constructed on both the Chandigarh and Panchkula side as part of the redevelopment project. These two blocks will be connected by an airspace concourse.
For passengers deboarding at the station, two subways will be constructed to enable a separate exit. The IRSDC will also construct 10 escalators and four lifts on the end blocks and the platforms.
The development of parking lots on both the Chandigarh and Panchkula side, construction of roads and landscaping will also lie under the purview of the IRSDC. Till the time the lease for the land is not finalized, the project will be funded by a loan from the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC).