Railways to lease out barren land

PATNA: The railway ministry has decided to take up the ambitious project related to automation of railway land management system across the country.

Under the plan, the railways would use hectares of vacant and waste land not required for operational purposes for commercial needs to earn additional revenue.

According to a Railway Board official, the board approved this plan to lease out barren and unused railway land for commercial purposes with a view to generating revenue. This project, which has already got the nod of the railway ministry, is being taken up first in four metropolitan cities of the country. Subsequently, it will be taken up in other states across the country, including Bihar.

The board has directed all the railway zones to identify such land and inform it immediately so that it could be entrusted to Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) for the commercial exploitation of the barren and waste land, the official said, adding the board intends to standardize and automate such plots.

Although the railways has given the task of identifying barren land in each zone of the railways and lease them out for commercial purposes to interested people who are keen to exploit these lands for business purposes only to Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL), all the zones have also been directed to chalk out the details of such land on their own, the official added. The railways has taken a decision to use barren lands either for hotel or any commercial ventures, he said.

The East Central Railway (ECR) has a lot of land lying barren in several districts in Bihar. There are about 1,500 acres of land lying unutilized at about 350 stations under the ECR. These lands are mostly those which could be fully commercially exploited, sources said.

The railways intends to lease out land at Gaya, Dehri-on-Sone, Bagaha, Raxaul and other places in the state. Earlier, the ECR had proposed to set up plush hotels at historically important places in the state to cater to the needs of tourists.

A proposal to this effect was sent to RVNL to decide it in the larger interest of giving a fillip to tourism in the state. However, no concrete steps have been taken in the matter so far, sources said.

The railways had earlier decided to lease out land to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at Bagaha and the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) at Dehri-on-Sone for building their office complex. However, the project could not materialize, sources said.

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