Kochi: Public-private participation (PPP) was required in the development of railways to bring more benefits to the people, said minister of state for railways E. Ahamed on Wednesday.
There was a proposal to develop Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram railway stations to international standard under the PPP model, the minister told reporters.
The norms for raising the standard of the stations to international level were being prepared, he said adding a lot of procedures had to be followed before executing the works and it would take some time.
Ahamed, on an inspection tour of Kerala to study problems faced by passengers, was speaking after receiving memorandums from the people at the Ernakulam South railway station.
He said railways also proposed to construct a multi-facility complex in five railway stations in the state at Kannur, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Palakkad and Ernakulam. The estimated cost of the proposed complex in Ernakulam would be approximately Rs10 crore, the minister said.
Ahamed said about Rs48 crore worth of passenger amenities works were being carried out in Kerala.
Railways would give priority for ensuring cleanliness of stations, he said.