India’s first AC railway terminal in Bengaluru, built at an anticipated cost of ₹314 crore, is all set to be inaugurated later this month. And if you are someone who sought luxe while traveling, this railway terminal promises to provide you an airport-like experience.
Named after Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, this is Bengaluru’s third railway terminal in Baiyappanahalli area and has been a long-standing demand for introducing more express trains connecting the IT city.
The terminal will have an upper-class waiting hall, a VIP lounge with a digital real-time passenger information system, and a lavish food court
Railways minister Piyush Goyal has shared glimpses of the country’s soon to be inaugurated first centralised AC railway terminal in Karnataka.
“Have a glimpse of the upcoming Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru, Karnataka, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities,” Goyal said in a tweet on Thursday and shared photographs of the station.
The Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal railway terminal has seven platforms with escalators and lifts connecting each of the platforms for easier passenger movement. A foot over bridge and two subways have also been added for a better link between the platforms. The 4200 sq metre station building, which has cost ₹314 crore, will serve to a daily footfall of 50,000. Fifty trains can be operated from the terminal on a daily basis.
The images shared by the minister show the lavish interiors of the railway terminal, railway tracks, the stylish and sufficiently wide foot over bridge and the entry of the terminal. The terminal, designed to match the luxury of Bengaluru airport, will also have a VIP lounge, upper class waiting hall, digital real-time passenger information, food court and a water recycling plant with capacity of 400,000 litre.
The massive parking area of the railway terminal will be able to harbour as many as 900 two-wheelers, 250 cars, five BMTC buses, 50 autorickshaws, and 20 cabs.
Sanctioned in 2015-16, this terminal was supposed to be up and running in December 2018. However, after missing several deadlines, the country’s first centralised AC railway terminal is all set to be inaugurated soon.