Medilytix Bureau: In response to a query in the Rajya Sabha, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the House that close to 1,253 railway stations across the nation were identified for a revamp. So far, 1,215 stations have been developed and the remaining are set for completion by 2022-23.

The beautification and upgradation of stations is being carried out under the ‘Adarsh’ scheme of the Central government, designed to provide enhanced passenger amenities at stations.
“Ministry of Railways has formulated various schemes like Model, Modern and Adarsh Station Scheme for the upgradation and beautification of stations on Indian Railways,” Vaishnaw said in his written response. In addition, the Minister also highlighted a new scheme – Major Upgradation of Railway Stations – under which 52 stations have been identified for upgrades.

The Minister also laid out the planned expenditure for the beautification in his written reply. “The expenditure on beautification and the upgradation of stations under Adarsh Station Scheme is generally funded under Plan Head – 53 ‘Customer Amenities,” he said. Adding that, “during FY 2021-22, an amount of Rs 2,344.55 crore was allocated under Plan Head -53, and in the current FY 2022-23, an amount of Rs 2,700 crore has been allocated under Plan Head – 53”.

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