Soon, enter Pune railway station through ‘Dilli Darwaza’

Sushant Ranjan
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Rly station entrance to have replica of Shaniwarwada entrance at a cost of Rs 2 cr

PUNE: The Pune Railway Division of Central Railway (CR) has decided to give a new look to the main entrance gate of Pune Railway Station taking into account the rich history and traditions of the city. The main entrance gate will be reconstructed on the lines of ‘Dilli Darwaza’, the entrance gate of the Shaniwarwada. The project will cost around Rs 2 crore. 

The development is part of Indian Railways’ initiative to make attractive those stations located in places popular for ‘Religious and Historical Pilgrimage’. Built in 1732, Shaniwarwada was the seat of power of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818. It is now a famous tourist site.

“Shaniwarwada is a famous structure and thousands of tourists visit the place every day. The decision to reconstruct the gate has already been taken and we are waiting for the final process,” said a highly place source of the railway division.

The tender process is yet to start. The main entrance gate was renovated two years ago, which helps drivers to enter the premises easily. The gate has a ramp for easy access of passengers to the platforms. The ramp has six lanes. There are separate lanes for four-wheelers, where they pick up and drop the passengers.

“The process of tender is yet to start. Whenever the tender is allotted, we can expect it to be completed within six to eight months. As per the plan, the construction of the concrete gate structure will resemble the design of ‘Dilli Darwaza’ of Shaniwarwada,” said the source.

Recently, the division decided to give Jejuri station a makeover. 

The work of converting the exterior of the Jejuri Railway Station to look like Khandoba Temple will cost Rs 50 lakh and will be completed by May 2019.

In February 2018, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha announced that the reconstruction of Ayodhya Railway Station in Uttar Pradesh will be done in a manner that  ‘looks like the grand Ram temple’. 

The Railway had also reportedly allocated Rs 80 crore for this purpose.

“Similar beautification projects are being undertaken at stations such as Melghat, Chandrapur and Shegaon in the State where local culture is being displayed at the stations. We are taking help of local artists for this purpose,” said the source.

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