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Development of stations under ‘Model’ Station Scheme was in vogue from June, 1999 to November, 2008. Under this scheme, 594 stations were identified for development and all stations have already been developed. Subsequently, ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme was launched in 2009. 962 stations have been developed under this scheme so far. Maintenance of stations including those developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme is undertaken through departmental means & outsourcing.

The norms for amenities to be provided at different stations are decided on the basis of the category of a station based on the annual passenger earnings of the station, number of passenger handled and importance of the station. Based on this criteria stations are categorized as ‘A1’, ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’. Since requirement of amenities at a station varies based on its category, it is not feasible to implement the same model in all the important and major stations of the country. However, stations are presently being developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme with a view to provide identified facilities for improvement of amenities at the selected stations.

The expenditure on maintenance of stations including those developed under ‘Adarsh’ Station Scheme is generally funded from Revenue Budget of Railway. `476 Cr. have been provided for maintenance of stations in the Revised Estimates of 2015-16.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 04.03.2016 (Friday).