The Farrukhnagar railway station in Gurugram has undergone a complete revamp by the Northern Railways, reports the Times of India. According to officials quoted in the publication, the renovation work was completed in 5 months, cost Rs 3 crore, and carries the theme of the station’s history.
The station had fallen into disrepair over time. Speaking to TOI, Deepika Gill, Assistant Divisional Engineer, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, said, “When Ashwani Lohani became the chairman of Indian Railways, he visited this station and inspired us to restore it and give it a heritage look. It was planned to make this station a hub of social activities. We have restored the old dilapidated railway quarters and the station area, planted more than 3,000 saplings, developed an amphitheatre, ‘akhara,’ kabbadi ground, volleyball court, community shelter and shed. We have also provided portable toilets, a tubewell and a 5,000-litre underground tank.”
While renovating the station, officials suddenly realised that there was no drinking water at the station. Gill explained that Farrukhnagar’s water is salty, so a water connection was taken from the Public Health Engineering Department, and Rs 40 lakh was invested only on the water pipeline.
Describing the renovation work, Gill explained how red sandstone was used for the floors, and the history of Farrukhnagar and the name of the station embossed on a separate and specially-ordered red stone. Brick tiles were brought from Rajasthan, and arches have been used to add to the traditional look.
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What’s more, the station has a community centre, which has free WiFi on its premises. The TOI report also mentioned a statement by the Northern Railways, according to which a park will be set up for the benefit of villagers, who will get access to free medical care, and routine health check-up facilities including ECG, urine and blood tests
Well, the work surely looks great and invokes nostalgia of times bygone. Here are a few stunning photos of the railway station.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)