The Gandhinagar Railway Station in Gujarat has been upgraded by with an exclusive five-star hotel building atop it. This is the first time in the Indian Railways network to have a five-star hotel on the tracks. (Pic: @RailMinIndia)
The upgradation of Gandhinagar Capital Railway station has been done at a cost of Rs 71 crore. The Station has been provided with world class amenities, at par with modern airports.
The redevelopment of the existing railway station in Gandhinagar and construction of the five-star hotel on top of the station started in January 2017 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed their groundbreaking. (Pic: IRSDC)
Now, the new-look station as well as the hotel are ready and will be inaugurated by the PM at 4 pm on July 16 through video conference, said a Gujarat government release. (Pic: @RailMinIndia)
The Gandhinagar railway station was redeveloped by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) – Gandhinagar Railway & Urban Development Corporation Ltd (GARUD) – between Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) and the Gujarat government. (Pic: @RailMinIndia)
While Union Home Minister Amit Shah would also attend the inauguration virtually, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries would remain present at a function in Gandhinagar, the release said. (Pic: IRSDC)
The IRSDC headed the railway station redevelopment project. IRSDC is at the core of Indian Railway's mission of transforming the country's railway stations into world-class 24 hour travel hubs. (Pic: @RailMinIndia)
The complete building is designed and provided with Green Building rating features.
The state-of-the-art external façade will have daily theme based lighting with 32 themes. The station will also house a five star hotel.
Special Care has been taken to make it a Divyang friendly station by providing it with a special ticket booking counter, ramps, lifts, dedicated parking space etc.
The luxury hotel, having 318 rooms and to be operated by a private entity, is spread across 7,400 square meters and has been built at a cost of Rs 790 crore, said the release. (Pic: IRSDC)
The hotel would host national and international guests who would come to attend seminars and conferences at Mahatma Mandir, a convention centre situated just opposite the property, it said. (Pic: IRSDC)
The Gandhinagar railway station have revamped station building with hall areas with retail shops and food courts for the convenience of passengers. (Pic: IRSDC)
After inaugurating the hotel, PM Modi will also dedicate the newly electrified Mehsana-Varetha broad gauge rail line, which passes through Vadnagar (PM's hometown), and a 266km stretch between Surendranagar and Pipavav station, said the release. (Pic: IRSDC)