Bengaluru: Byappanahalli railway terminal likely to open next month | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Byappanahalli, the third railway terminal in Bengaluru and the first air-conditioned one in the country, is all set to be opened for passenger movement in September, nearly six months after it was completed.
South Western Railway (SWR) sources said Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is likely to visit Bengaluru on September 1 and take stock of the progress. “All pending work will be completed by this month-end. The inauguration is expected any time in September,” said an SWR source. However, SWR chief public relations officer Aneesh Hedge said the date has not been confirmed yet.
While Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (Byappanahalli third coaching terminal) was ready in March 2021, the inauguration was delayed since the Prime Minister’s date was not received. Sources said assembly elections in four states, second wave of Covid and the recently concluded Parliament session delayed it. Though the terminal which was sanctioned in 2015-16 to help SWR operate more trains from Bengaluru was supposed to be completed in 2018, the deadline was pushed due to various reasons.
The Rs 314 crore station building spread over 4,200sqm will cater to a daily footfall of 50,000. It has seven platforms apart from eight stabling lines and three pit lines. Every day, 50 trains can operate from the terminal.
ROB to be ready by September 15
Another reason for the delay in inauguration is an incomplete rail over bridge. The 810m-long ROB proposed in 2010-11 to connect Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal and Swami Vivekananda Metro Station on Old Madras Road is yet to be completed. Work stopped in 2012 after the defence ministry refused to hand over land and resumed seven years later. The project was scheduled for completion by June 2020 but got delayed due to shortage of workers after the pandemic struck.
Hedge said 85% of the work has been completed. “The revised deadline is mid-September due to delay in permission from the defence ministry. BBMP has agreed to complete some of the work demanded by the ministry, which includes compound wall, toilet, watch tower etc,” he said.


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