In a first, Bengaluru is all set to inaugurate the first-ever AC railway terminal in India, built at an anticipated cost of ₹314 crores, later this month. In a nutshell, the railway station is pepped to provide an airport like experience to the commuters until they are at the station.
Named after Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, this is Bengaluru’s third railway terminal in the Baiyappanahalli area and has been a long-standing demand for introducing more express trains connecting the IT city, reports Mint.
Here are some features of the newly constructed terminal that will woo you:
The first-ever centrally air-conditioned, Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal at Baiyappanahalli in Bengaluru, has been built on the lines of Kempegowda International Airport.
The station has been erected on an area of 4,200 sqm and will cater to a daily footfall of over 50,000 commuters. The station, as per the railway ministry, will handle as many as 50 trains on a daily basis.
Moreover, the station in total has seven platforms to its name. All these platforms are connected using escalators, footbridges and lifts. Just like at Airports, the station has an upper-class waiting hall, a VIP lounge and also a lavish food court.
The parking facility has also been ramped up at the station. The parking can now accommodate as many as 250 cars, 900 two-wheelers, 50 autorickshaws, five BMTC buses and 20 cabs.
Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, also tweeted multiple pictures of the terminal. “Have a glimpse of the upcoming Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru, Karnataka, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities,” he wrote.