Indian Railways has identified 1275 railway stations for upgradation and modernization under the Amrit Bharat Station Scheme and Surat station is one of them, which will be given a major facelift.
Reportedly, Surat station’s redevelopment work has commenced and is progressing in full swing. The work is being undertaken by Surat Integrated Transport Corporation (SITCO), which is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed between the Indian Railways & Government of Gujarat.
The station is being redeveloped at an estimated cost of Rs. 1475 crore, including the share of Gujarat Govt. of Rs. 462 crores. In Phase I, the work of Rs 980 crore will be undertaken, out of which the Railway’s share is Rs. 683 crore, while that of the Gujarat Govt. is Rs. 297 crore. It is targeted to be completed by May 2027.
The unified theme through appropriate facades, finishes, colours, materials, and textures will add to its splendour. The work under Phase I of this project has already commenced. Shifting the utilities, such as electrical cables & pipelines, is in progress at the east side Railway station building. A 164-meter-long and 87-meter-wide building will be built at this site, targeted to be completed in one and a half years.
The station building will be a Green Building of Platinum rating with features for efficient use of energy, water and other resources, renewable energy, etc. The station will also be equipped with state-of-the-art safety & security technology consisting of intelligently designed features for better station management, including SCADA and BMS.