An upcoming railway terminal in Bengaluru is being seen as a first step in the direction that could change that.
The centrally air-conditioned Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal at Baiyappanahalli in Bengaluru and will have state-of-art facilities and is likely to be inaugurated soon.
The railway terminal situated in Bengaluru’s Byappanahalli area is fully covered and is expected to be operational by February-end, as per reports. It is named after Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya.
The terminal will handle more trains connecting the city with other railway stations within Karnataka and outside.
The coaching terminal will help decongest the KSR Bengaluru and Yesvantpur stations, said South Western Railways (SWR) earlier.
Have a glimpse of the upcoming Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru, Karnataka, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) February 18, 2021
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday shared the photos of India’s first centrally AC railway terminal which resembles an airport.
“Have a glimpse of the upcoming Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru, Karnataka, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities,” Union Minister Goyal tweeted on Thursday posting pictures of the upcoming railway terminal.
It was earlier reported that Bengaluru Railway Division had set February 15 as the inauguration date. However, there has been no update on the same.
The 314-crore terminal is the first air-conditioned railway concourse built with an aim to give passengers airport-like experience. The terminal has an airport-like facade and is modelled on the lines of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.
The terminal will have seven platforms, three enabling lines and three pit lines. The terminal is built in an area of 4,200 sq km and is expected to get footfalls of more than 50,000 on a daily basis with 50 trains running on an average per day.
All platforms will be connected by two subways other than long, oval foot over bridge. The terminal will have a parking space for 200 cars and 900 two-wheelers.