The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has begun the process of upgrading the Somnath railway station, which will cost approximately Rs 134 crores. The project will be carried out using the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) method.
Recently, G Krishna Reddy, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Development of India’s North Eastern Region, tweeted, “The Somnath Railway Station will be redeveloped on the architectural design of the Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple. A perfect blend of tradition, culture, and modernity that will boost the region’s tourism prospects!”
The station redevelopment program’s goal is to provide passengers with world-class amenities and to enhance the travel experience.
According to RLDA, the Somnath railway station will be built using the green building concept to save energy. This station will have a unique building facade that will showcase the local heritage of Somnath Temple. There would be separate arrival and departure lounges as well.
The redevelopment plan is divided into three categories: Model Station Scheme, Modern Station Scheme, and Adarsh Station Scheme. Adarsh Station Scheme has identified 1,253 railway stations for development based on the identified need for improved passenger amenities at stations. 1,215 Railway stations have been built, with the remaining 38 planned for the fiscal year 2022-23.
Western Railway operates the Somnath railway station in the Bhavnagar Division. Somnath, a historic city in Gujarat’s southwest, is also known as Patan Somnath or Somnath Patan. The Somnath Temple is located in the Prabhas Kshetra, near Veraval in Saurashtra.