India will start building a new railway station in 2019, a senior government official said on Monday, in the latest sign of the country’s growing commitment to upgrading its railway network.
Railway Minister Gopal Rai said the station, which will be built in western Uttar Pradesh state, will be a major hub for connectivity, including to major cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
It will be an ambitious project, and the railway department will decide on the location of the station in due course, Rai told a press conference.
Railways Minister Gomal Rai, right, speaks to reporters in New Delhi.
India is investing heavily in rail infrastructure, including in cities like New Delhi and Kolkatta, and is looking to improve rail travel to make it more efficient.
The state-owned National Highways Authority of India has been pushing for a major expansion of the existing tracks to create a railway station on the Indus river in western India.
Rai said the railway station would be the first to be built along the Indi river corridor and would cost about $100 million.
Railway is expected to become India’s largest transport system by 2020, Rai said.
The Indian Railways has built an ambitious network of more than 5,000 km, connecting more than 200 million people with highways, railways, road-and-sea links and airports.
In 2020, the country plans to invest $3.3 trillion in the rail sector, nearly doubling the investment in transport and highways in the past decade.