INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY DESIGN COMPETITION
January 19, 2017
Competition by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited
Shunning the traditional engineering techniques and architectural practises, our team dissected the very concept of coalescence of arriving and departing passengers and separated them like it would be done at an airport. This was done by a method of aligning a junction of two or more surface transport axes at different heights called grade separation. This would allow the influx and efflux traffic to move freely at higher overall speeds with minimum congestion and least possibility of mismanagement.
Railway is the most sought after way of commute for the major strata of Indian population. It has been estimated that the total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways every day, equals three & half times the distance to moon. It has more than 65000 kms of track and carries over 23 million passenger every day. And keeping such statistics in mind, congestion, mismanagement and inability to meet international standards is inevitable.
Some of the railway stations are more than 100 years old and are still expected to cater to a population more than they were originally built for. One such railway station is in the faraway land of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. The ancient land of Gwalior is home to the Man Singh Tomar’s Gwalior fort and holds a lot of historic significance from the rebellion of 1857 to the Scindia Maharajas. But all this history has taken a toll on the once royal and radiant city of Gwalior.
Gwalior is the second most polluted city by particulate matter concentration (176 PM2.5). Gwalior railway station also holds the freight train yard and building materials cargo storage which covers the dockyard platform in a mist of greyish hell cement. Thus, a need for sustainable, environmentally responsible and better planned railway station was felt.