GMR, Adani And Arabian Construction Among Others Enter Race For New Delhi Railway Station Redevelopment Project

GMR, Adani And Arabian Construction Among Others Enter Race For New Delhi Railway Station Redevelopment ProjectNew Delhi railway station.  
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  • Nine global and national leading companies, — Arabian Construction Company, Adani Railways Transport Ltd., BIF IV India Infrastructure Holding (DIFC) Pvt. Ltd, ISQ Asia Infrastructure Investments Pte. Ltd., Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd, GMR Highways Limited, Omaxe Limited and Elpis Ventures Pvt Ltd — participated in the RFQ.

In a positive response, nine major players including GMR, Arabian Construction and Adani have come forward to participate in the Rs 6500 crore New Delhi station redevelopment project amid the Covid situation.

With concerted efforts involving road shows of the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) to woo reputed companies, reputed global and domestic companies have shown interest in the ambitious real estate project.

RLDA has opened RFQ bids for the redevelopment of New Delhi Railway Station which has received overwhelming response from national and international players.

Nine global and national leading companies, including Arabian Construction Company, Adani Railways Transport Ltd., BIF IV India Infrastructure Holding (DIFC) Pvt. Ltd, ISQ Asia Infrastructure Investments Pte. Ltd., Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd, GMR Highways Limited, Omaxe Limited and Elpis Ventures Pvt Ltd participated in the RFQ.

"We are pleased for the fact that our efforts have borne results with nine big players participating in the RFQ. These companies will now undergo technical evaluation," RLDA Vice-Chairman Ved Prakash Dudeja told Swarajya.

About 20 companies participated in the first pre-bid meeting, of which nine have submitted Request for Qualification.

An artist's impression of the new structure.
An artist's impression of the new structure.

RLDA has planned a mix of retail, office and hospitality developments in a 30-acre area near Connaught Place which will help the Indian Railways in redeveloping the New Delhi railway station.

In the next stage, RLDA will float the Request for Proposal (RFP) for selected participants who get qualified in the technical process. The
development follows the pre-bid meetings and virtual roadshows that apprised the stakeholders of various developments and elicited feedback on the project.

New Delhi Railway Station Redevelopment is a flagship project of the Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), and the first to be undertaken on the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) concept in Delhi-NCR.

It will incur capital expenditure of around USD 680 million and will be developed on a DBFOT model.

The project offers multiple revenue streams to the developer, including revenue from real estate rights and is slated to be completed in around four years. The concession period is for 60 years.

An artist's impression of the new structure.
An artist's impression of the new structure.

"The redevelopment of the New Delhi Railway Station is our flagship project that will stimulate economic development of NCR. The project attracted interest from various national and international stakeholders. The project will be instrumental in augmenting the local economy, generating employment opportunities and boosting the tourism potential of Delhi-NCR, ensuring Inclusive Development for Aspirational India," said Ved Parkash Dudeja, Vice-Chairman, RLDA.

The station is strategically located in the heart of Delhi and has proximity to Connaught Place, Delhi’s prime commercial hub. It will be redeveloped into a world-class station in line with global standards with Dome-shaped terminal buildings with two arrivals and two departures at the concourse level, two Multi-Modal Transport Hubs (MMTH) on its every side, 40-floor high-rise twin towers (with hotels, offices and retail at podium) and a pedestrian boulevard with high-street shopping among the salient features of the proposed development.

An artist's impression of the new structure.
An artist's impression of the new structure.

Pedestrian movement, cycle tracks, green tracks and non-motorised vehicles have been integrated into the proposed development plan.

The station will be developed to ensure multi-modal transport integration and development. It is connected to the IGI Airport through the Airport Express Line Metro and with Delhi NCR via Yellow Line of Delhi Metro.

DTC bus stops lie on both sides of the station.

The station has a master plan area of 120 hectares, out of which 88 hectares is being planned in Phase 1 (of the project). RLDA is the approving authority for the master plan.

To expedite the approvals and clearances, an apex committee under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has also been constituted.

RLDA is currently working on 62 stations in a phased manner, while its subsidiary, IRSDC, has taken up another 61 stations. In the first phase, RLDA has prioritised prominent stations like New Delhi, Tirupati, Dehradun, Nellore, 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.

The Station Development programme is being closely monitored by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Railways, for the development of vacant Railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of development i) Leasing of commercial sites ii) Colony redevelopment iii) Station redevelopment and iv) commercial development.

RLDA has over 84 commercial (greenfield) sites across India for leasing, and the eligible developers for each will be selected through an open and transparent bid process.

RLDA is currently also handling 84 railway colony redevelopment projects and has recently leased out a railway colony in Guwahati for redevelopment.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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