India’s station modernisation programme
H.E. Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, MoS for French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, launches partnership between IRSDC, SNCF HUBS & CONNEXIONS and AFD to support India’s station modernisation programme.
New Delhi, 10 June 2019
On 10th June 2019, Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, along with Shri Suresh Channabasappa Angadi, Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, launched a two-year partnership agreement between SNCF Hubs & Connexions, Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), and French Development Agency (AFD) to support India’s station modernisation drive.
Under the two-year partnership agreement, SNCF Hubs & Connexions will work with IRSDC to provide peer-to-peer exchange and expertise on stations’ design, development and management, and in particular, study the planned renovation of two stations, in Bangalore and Pune. This will include a technical assessment of the condition and operations of the two stations as well as recommendations on selecting renovation partners and preparing for the work.
On this occasion, Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, said, “IRSDC’s initiative to consider stations, not as an infrastructure solely dedicated to transport, but as hubs, integrated into their urban environment and useful to both users of transport and residents, are the need of the hour. France’s recent experience further speaks of this potential. Since the SNCF group has spearheaded a modernisation programme with a very similar approach, we intend to share and learn from each other. Through AFD’s financing and French public and private expertise, we hope to contribute to the Government of India’s ambition to support accessible, safe and efficient public transport in Indian cities, the bustling heart of its economy.”
This project is part of a broader initiative to modernise 600 stations, launched by IRSDC in 2017.
Bangalore serves 2,20,000 passengers daily, making it the busiest station in southern India. Pune, created in 1856, sees daily traffic of 1,50,000 passengers, primarily commuters.
The agreement will be financed through grant funding mobilised by the French Development Agency (71%) and SNCF Hubs & Connexions, and the work will be carried out by a team of seven French and three Indian employees.
Mr Fabrice Morenon, Managing Director of SNCF Hubs & Connexions, said, “We are very proud to be working with IRSDC on this contract, which taps into major areas of the expertise we have developed in operating 3,000 stations in France. These include managing stations and their finances, promoting commercial development, using each space to its full potential, and maintaining and managing major transport hubs.”
SNCF Group is already active in India through its subsidiaries Keolis, Systra, Rail Europe and AREP. In a ceremony held in March 2018 in New Delhi, SNCF and Indian Railways signed a memorandum of understanding that included a section on renovating stations.
IRSDC is a special purpose vehicle and a joint venture company of Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA - a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways), and Ircon International Limited (IRCON - a Government of India Undertaking, under Ministry of Railways), and is in charge of the development and renewal of existing and new railway stations.
About the French Development Agency (AFD)
AFD is an inclusive public financial institution and the main actor in France’s development policy. It commits to projects that genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories.
AFD works in many sectors – energy, health, biodiversity, water, digital technologies, training – and supports the transition to a safer, more equitable and more sustainable world: a world in common. Its action is fully in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 115 countries and is currently supporting over 4,000 development projects. In 2018, it earmarked €11.4bn to finance these projects.
Contact for AFD’s activities in India: email@example.com
About SNCF Gares & Connexions
The mission of SNCF Hubs & Connexions is to manage stations and transport hubs around the world, delivering the skills and expertise that make them successful. SNCF Gares & Connexions was inspired by a deeply held belief: every railway station is a bustling hub of urban life in its own right – the beating heart of a city, where many different paths can meet – and that stations have the power to transform a region and make daily life easier for everyone. Every day, 10 million passengers, visitors and local residents pass through Gares & Connexions stations. Meeting their needs requires a strong commitment to improve operations, create new services and upgrade assets.
Gares & Connexions is an independent, regulated and socially responsible division of SNCF Group, generating revenue of €1.5 billion in 2018. With its subsidiaries AREP and SNCF Retail & Connexions, it has developed targeted expertise to keep cities vital. Its mission is to make every station the foremost asset of its city and its region – a city booster that serves all Gare & Connexions clients.