Gandhinagar railway station in Gujarat is set to be jazzed up soon with a 300-room hotel planned to be built in the space above the railway tracks, a first in India that would it take to the ranks of cities in Japan and Germany. As envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the railway station in the capital city of his home state will also have a concourse above the railway tracks.
This redevelopment project undertaken by the Gujarat government in partnership with Indian Railways (with 74% and 26% equity, respectively), is the second under the railway station redevelopment program of the Indian Railway Stations Development Corp. Ltd (IRSDC). The first project is coming up at Habibganj in Madhya Pradesh where a concourse would be developed above the railway tracks.
IRSDC is a special purpose vehicle formed by railway unit Ircon International Ltd (IRCON) and Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and is currently undertaking projects in Habibganj, Bijwasan, Anand Vihar and Surat railway stations.