New Delhi: ‘JKB Infrastructure’ has joined hands with French national railway company ‘SNCF’ for the station redevelopment project of Indian Railways. The railway station modernisation programme aims to redevelop, reconstruct, and renovate India’s key railway stations and bring them to world-class standards.
- The project focuses on key stations across 100 cities and which carry 16 million passengers per day.
- SNCF, which has expertise on design, development and operation of multi-modal transit hubs across the globe, is not new to the Indian market.
- They have worked with Indian Railways previously for the Ambala, Ludhiana and CSTM (Mumbai) stations.
- Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered an Tripartite Agreement with French Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French Agency on 10th June, 2019.
- Under this agreement, AFD a French agency, has agreed to provide in-kind grant financing up to 7,00,000 EURO, through French National Railways (SNCF)-Hubs and Connexions as a Technical Partner to IRSDC to support the Railway Station Development Program in India.
- French Railways (SNCF) in the past has been associated with Indian Railways in conducting speed upgradation study for Delhi-Chandigarh section and station development of Ludhiana & Ambala stations.
- Government has approved Railways’ proposal for redevelopment of railway stations by IRSDC as Nodal Agency, through simplified procedures and for longer lease tenure.