Suresh Prabhu has directed railway officials to go all out to contact builders redevelop six suburban railway stations. To this effect, Prabhu on Wednesday held a series of meetings with central and western railway authorities and Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC).
The minister met interested parties and cleared their doubts to make sure that history did not repeat itself as when previous tenders got only one bid, leading officials to reissue tenders. A railway official said, “The western railway will be opening its tender on August 8 while the central railway will be opening its tender on August 11. The minister has basically asked us to woo builders and make sure that all these stations see interest from big builders. After the rebidding process, this time, we have created awareness among more number of people. In fact, we have seen some interest from a Malaysian firm as well.”
The six railway stations in question are: Mumbai Central, Kurla (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus), CST, Thane, Bandra and Andheri. These stations see both local and long-distance traffic and have been classified on the basis of revenue i.e. each of them does over Rs 50 crore business every month. The railway said that it will be bringing in private partners that will use the property for commercial purposes and in turn, improve passenger amenities.