Project to cost Rs. 1,588 crores; to integrate railway, bus, metro connectivity at a single location
The much anticipated Inter-Modal Station project at Ajni crossed another milestone today, with the laying of the foundation stone by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways.
The idea behind the project is to provide connectivity to trains, buses and the metro in the city at one central location. At a cost of Rs. 1,588 crores, the IMS at Ajni will feature world-class amenities like integrated ticket counters, transit platforms, waiting rooms, travelators as well as food courts and retail stores.
IMS Ajni envisages creating the capacity to handle 3.2 lakh passengers every day. The railway part of the station is proposed to be expanded with four more platforms. On the road transport side, 148 bus bays are to be built initially. The facility will have space to expand the number of bus bays as needed in future
The IMS is to come up around Ajni railway station. The metro station has already come up alongside to the west of the station, and will soon be operational. The bus facility will be built to the east of the station. Central Railway will provide land for the facility on the eastern side, a significant part of which will come from shifting its railway colony.
A Central Business District is also proposed to be established on the western side. Central Jail land is being acquired for the purpose. The jail is to be shifted to a location outside the city.
Road connectivity for the entire IMS area will be enhanced. Approximately Rs. 300 crores will be spent on widening roads and building a new ROB over the railway lines.