13:52 GMT08 May 2021
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    Indian Railways is partnering with China, Germany, Belgium and France to develop its railway stations in an attempt to make them world-class transit hubs.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Indian Railways has finalized a grand plan to modernize its railway infrastructure; it seeks to modernize its railway stations in a way that would place them on a par with the best transit hubs in the world. To achieve its objective, the state-owned company has sought help from China, France, Belgium and Germany.

    Indian Railways Spokesperson Anil Saxena told Sputnik that, "Indian Railways has plans to modernize its railway stations.  Some of the countries such as France, Germany, China, and Belgium have expressed their keen interest in cooperating with Indian Railways to develop modern infrastructure."

    Indian Railway Station Development Corporation, in cooperation with China Railway Construction Engineering Group, will develop the New Bhubaneswar railway station and the Byappanahalli (Bangalore) railway station.

    Indian Railways is also consulting the Belgium government for advice landscaping the environs of its railway stations. Indian Railways will soon form a joint venture with the Belgium government to develop the Mumbai Central, Jammu, Jaipur and Varanasi railway stations, which it hopes to modernize into commercial hubs.

    The French government has also shown a keen interest in assisting in the improvement of Indian Railways. France has already submitted a detailed project regarding the development of the Ludhiana and Ambala railway stations in the Indian state of Punjab. France and India are likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding soon in this regard.

    Similarly, Germany will develop the Nagpur and Secunderabad railway stations. Indian Railways and German government will soon finalize the terms of the agreement.

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