Lucknow, India (Urban Transport News): Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has floated a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the redevelopment of the Lucknow Railway Station. Lucknow Railway Station Redevelopment is a railway up-gradation project including complete integrated development and redevelopment of both LKO (NR) & LJN (NER) Stations along with 12.23 Acre Commercial land parcel. The objective of the redevelopment is to equip it with state-of-the-art amenities like segregation of arrival and departure, air-Concourse, Foot-over Bridges, lifts and escalators, conducive facilities for specially-abled passengers, etc. to ensure a hassle-free travel experience. The station will be redeveloped on a Design-Build-Operate-Finance-Transfer (DBFOT) model in two phases at a total cost of INR 556.8 crores.
The pre-bid meeting for developers held on April 9, 2021, elicited good participation, with many Developers from all over the country evincing great interest in the prestigious project. The deadline for the submission of Request for Qualification (RFQ) from intending bidders is June 24, 2021.
The redevelopment encompasses two components i) Station or Mandatory Component- the station redevelopment ii) Station Estate Component- development of the surrounding railway land for pre-approved commercial & residential development. The cost of Phase 1 redevelopment is estimated at INR 442.5 crore over three years whereas Phase 2 is expected to incur INR 114.3 crores over two years.
“Lucknow is among the fastest-growing cities in North India. The city is home to several manufacturing and processing units and possesses a robust administrative, banking, and financial network of institutions. The redevelopment of the Lucknow Railway Station will augment the tourism potential and lead to employment generation. It will also boost real estate in the vicinity and have a formidable socio-economic impact on the region,” said Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice Chairman, RLDA.
The design shall be incorporating the Green Building concept and shall adhere to the life-cycle cost minimization approach, which will be the hallmarks of the newly-redeveloped station. At the same time, the heritage look of the existing grand station building will be retained.
The bid intends to pre-qualify and short-list suitable applicants who will be eligible for participation in the bid Stage. The concessionaire will be mandated to undertake up-gradation and redevelopment of the Lucknow Railway Station, including the ‘Station Component’ or ‘Mandatory Component’ and the ‘Station Estate Component,’ followed by its operation and maintenance.
The selected developer will be responsible for arranging and paying for all the utilities and will also be responsible for payment of taxes, scrutiny fee, infrastructure charges and other cess and taxes to the local body as per the prevailing norms.
The Lucknow Northern Railways (LKO) and Lucknow Junction (LJN) Railway Stations are among the main railway stations of Lucknow for broad gauge trains and are situated in the south of the city. The stations are well-connected to prominent landmarks of the city via NH- 230, Kanpur Road, Station Road, Mill Road, Motilal Nehru Marg, Barron Road.
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Popularly known as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is witnessing rapid economic growth over the years. Among the bigger manufacturing units, Lucknow has Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Tata Motors, Eveready Industries and Scooters India Limited. The proposed Industrial corridor between Lucknow and Kanpur on the line of Greater Noida with four IT SEZs along this corridor will propel economic growth in the region.
Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways for the development of Railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of its development plan, namely leasing of commercial sites, colony redevelopment, station redevelopment and multi-functional complexes.
RLDA is currently working on 60 stations in a phased manner while its subsidiary, IRSDC has taken up another 63 stations. In the first phase, RLDA has prioritised prominent stations like New Delhi, Tirupati, Dehradun, Nellore, Cuttack and Puducherry for redevelopment. The railway stations across India will be redeveloped on a PPP Model as a part of Smart City Projects launched by the Government of India.
Currently, the Indian Railway has approximately 43,000 hectares of vacant land across India, of which RLDA has over 84 commercial (Greenfield) sites across India for leasing to the eligible developers after selection through an open and transparent e-bidding process. RLDA is currently also handling 84 railway colony redevelopment projects and has recently leased out a railway colony in Guwahati for redevelopment.