Commuters in the new capital will experience better connectivity in the coming years with five new railway stations in the offing at Naya Raipur in collaboration with South Eastern Central Railways (SECR) and Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA).
The future city of the state will connect all the small territories to each other in the next two years.
Talking to TOI, R K Agrawal, CPRO, SECR, said that the new 20km railway line would connect Naya Raipur to Udyog Nagar, Central Business Street, Muktanagana and Kendri village. “In the coming years, these areas would attract a large crowd with several development schemes on the cards. A well-connected Naya Raipur will not only serve with proper city bus services but also rail service,” he said.
“It’s going to be a big project where SECR is investing an estimated amount of Rs 100 crore. While railways will contribute in laying the railway tracks, NRDA would bear the responsibility of construction of station building,” Agrawal said.
The Naya Raipur railway station would be constructed near Sai Hospital for trains going to Udyog Nagar, the future industrial hub connecting to Business Street near Secretariat building and Muktangana. These three stations will serve as passenger halt stations while main stations will be Naya Raipur and Kendri. Further, Kendri which is currently on narrow gauge would be converted to mainline connecting to Dhamtari railway line.
The 20km railway line will mainly run between Mandir Hasaud, which already has a railway station, and Lakhauli. “Plans are in the making and few details are awaited following which, construction work would begin,” Agrawal said.
NRDA is working on land acquisition, clearing of land, construction of station building and other vital aspects. People who are already travelling to Naya Raipur from Kendri and nearby places have heaved a sigh of relief. “I have to travel more than 25km one-way to reach my office near Cricket stadium. It consumes a lot of time and fuel. The rail connection would be a respite,” Abhishek Awasthi, an engineer said.