Transforming Indian Railway Stations via Open Innovation

By Prosyscom
In March 3, 2018
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Indian Railways is embarking on an ambitious project and has turned to open innovation for help in achieving its goals.

India’s national railway system wants to revamp more than 600 major railway stations across the country to provide better amenities and greater comfort for its many passengers.

The aim of redeveloping the railway stations was announced by India’s finance minister in parliament on February 1. To make it happen the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) has launched the Station Rejuvenation through joint Action competition inviting architects, engineers, urban planners, citizens, and other interested parties to submit their plans and ideas.

Talking about the initiative Sanjeev Kumar Lohia, Managing Director and CEO of IRSDC, said: “It’s a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing competition open to all to invite innovative, scalable, low-cost-and-high-impact ideas from stakeholders for upgrading the look and feel of the railway stations and thereby transform the functional utility, raise the revenue generation capacity and lower operations and maintenance cost of railway stations.”

The IRSDC was created in 2012 with the express purpose of transforming the country’s railway stations.

The creators of the winning designs will have the opportunity to work with the IRSDC on putting their plans into action.

Tagline and Logo Competition

At the same time the IRSDC has launched separate open innovation competitions for a new logo and tagline. The winners of these contests will receive cash prize awards of 75,000 Indian Rupees. That works out at approximately USD $1,150.

The closing date for submissions to all three contests is March 26, 2018.

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