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February 5, 2016

1.Rail passengers may soon get to see airport-like facilities such as separate entry and exit points, connectivity with local transportation, pick up or drop off points and access to Internet at 400 stations across the country.

2.The Ministry of Railways has identified 15 key parameters on which the 400 railway stations will be redeveloped with “world-class” facilities. The government plans to invite bids from private developers by March-end, sources at the Ministry of Railways said.

3.The stations will have separate arrival and departure terminals, easy connectivity with local transportation such as bus or metro and will be accessible from both sides of the city.

4.Parcel movement across the platforms will be restricted and facilities such as food courts, retail outlets and medical facilities will be provided at the railway stations. Helipads near railway stations may also be built.

5.Many big private developers such as the GMR Group, Tata Realty, Larsen & Tourbo and realty developers body Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) have shown interest in developing the railway stations, a government official said.