The railways has floated tenders to construct rail arcades at Chandigarh and Bengaluru stations, full with meals courts, leisure and leisure, however with a caveat for potential bidders: they received’t be allowed to promote beef, pork and alcohol. The tenders floated by the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) has laid down the dos and don’ts for the bidders who can be anticipated to create an “expertise zone” and a “small city centre” inviting individuals and travellers to have interaction and spend high quality time.
“The house is to be developed as an expertise zone with presence of manufacturers,” said the tender document. It also listed 15 segments which could be included such as food and beverage, passenger convenience store, gift books and magazine, handloom and artifacts.
It also listed items that would be “banned” on the market at any of the shops within the arcade. “Tobacco merchandise, wine, beer or every other alcoholic drinks or every other merchandise prohibited by legislation. Beef and Pork shall not be utilized in any type in any meals objects,” it mentioned.
The list of excluded items also include raw vegetable or mutton/chicken/fish (Raw), coaching/tuition Classes, tailor shop, vehicle repair, petroleum or its bye-products, construction, hardware and sanitary products. It also said the space cannot be used for advertisement or hoarding space.
The last date of online submission of bids is on September 9. The contract for the arcade will be for a duration of nine years.
The construction of these arcades is a part of the government’s station redevelopment plans that will transform railway station areas into a Railopolis, a mini smart city with mixed-use development where one can live, work, play and ride, thus attracting huge investment and business opportunities.
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