Surat Railway Station To Become A World Class ‘Multi Modal Transport Hub’Model of the planned multi-modal transport hub in Surat. (image: Facebook page of Parimal Nathwani)

Surat will be the third city to get a Multi-Modal Transport Hub (MMTH), following Gandhi Nagar and Habibganj, reports Metro Rail news. The Surat Railway station will be converted into an MMTH, which will house a swanky railway station, modular passenger-friendly concourse and bus terminal among other world-class facilities.

Alongside a railway station, the MMTH in Surat will also feature big ticketing halls, commercial spaces with retail and office spaces, seamless boarding facilities and connecting bridges.

According to officials, the MMTH aims to enable seamless transit, and simple connectivity between railway station, bus terminal and other transport in the city. The transport hub plans to link the railway station, bus terminal, bus rapid transit system along with the local network.

The project will transform the face of Surat, said sources. “The built-up area (BUA) of the proposed commercial development has been increased from 5.06 lakh square metres to 8.40 lakh square metres. The built-up area will exclude basements or any upper floors to meet parking/fire requirements as per local byelaws. The hub will be built at a cost of around Rs 5,000 crore.”

The officials added that the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) has extended the date for opening the bid to 7 December, after requests from bidders. The project will be a joint effort by the central government, state government and local bodies.

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