As we all know, the plan for the redevelopment of the Railway Station in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, and the construction of a 5- star hotel on top of it, was put into action back in January 2017 after PM Modi laid the foundation of the new Gandhinagar
Railway Station Project worth Rs. 254 crores. It is now fully constructed and revamped. It is ready to be inaugurated by PM Modi on 16th July, 2021. The remodification of the station has been done at a cost of Rs. 71 crores and the station is fully equipped with world class amenities, being equal to the modern airports.
The newly-built 5-star hotel atop the redeveloped Gandhinagar Station will be virtually inaugurated by PM Modi. Whereas, the Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw and the Gujarat CM, Vijay Rupani, would remain present at the inaugural ceremony in Gandhinagar.
According to the reports, during the virtual ceremony, PM Modi would also flag off two trains, which are – Gandhinagar to Varanasi weekly superfast train and a MEMU train from Gandhinagar to Varetha. PM Modi is also expected to introduce three new projects during the inauguration which include an aquatic gallery of Rs. 264 crores, a robotic gallery of Rs. 127 crores and a nature park of Rs. 14 crores on the same day at the Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad.
The luxurious 5-star hotel has 318 rooms and is spread across 7400 sq meters and has been built at a cost of Rs. 790 crores. According to the sources, the hotel is said to be built for hosting national and international guests who come for seminars and conferences at Mahatma Mandir, a Convention Centre, situated right opposite to the hotel.
The Railway Station was given a green certification for sustainability standards from the ASSOCHAM. The station has segregated entry and exit through landscaped area, ramps, lifts, special ticket booking counters for physically challenged people, parking space, a dedicated art gallery with live LED wall display lounge, a separate baby feeding room, a centralized AC waiting room, vertical green wall, state-of-the-art external facade with daily theme-based and soon to be opened retail, food and entertainment outlets in the area for the travellers as well as the locals.
The platforms are properly connected through two subways with adequate seating capacity with two escalators and two elevators.
In conclusion, this newly-built 5-star hotel on top of the redeveloped railway station is definitely something to look forward to. This station marks the beginning of the new era of modernized railway stations in India.
By Vindhya Vanamali