In a major push to the 43-year-old ring rail system in Delhi, a railway body has sought to develop the stations on the network into commercial hubs.The ring rail system was constructed in 1975 for carrying goods, and started running passenger trains during the 1982 Asian Games. Delhi has 35 km of ring rail network, which is grossly under-utilised with 21 stations and only 4,000 passengers daily.The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), nodal agency to redevelop stations across the country, has asked the Railway board to handover the suburban stations in Delhi to them for commercial exploitation under the public private partnership model. Some of the stations which might be turned into commercial hubs are Lajpat Nagar, Lodi Colony, Sarojini Nagar, Safdarjung and Chanakyapuri. It is expected that the development will also revive the ring rail system.
Source : Hindustan Times