Bengaluru: 28 pairs of trains likely to be shifted to Byappanahalli terminal | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: South Western Railway (SWR) is likely to shift 28 pairs of long distance trains to Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (Byappanahalli third coaching terminal) in phases after its inauguration.
“Twenty-eight pairs of trains approved by the railway board will be shifted to the new terminal. However, this will be done in phases” said a SWR official.
Officials said trains originating/terminating at stations like Banaswadi, Cantonment and K R Puram to places like Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Tripura will be shifted in the first phase. Following this, some trains from Yeshwantpur and KSR Bengaluru City railway stations will be shifted there.
In addition to the existing trains, railways will also operate new long distance trains from the Byappanahalli terminal. Earlier, railways had planned to allow private firms to operate long distance trains from the Byappanahalli terminal. The identified routes to and from the terminal were: Okhla, Patliputra, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Tambaram, Shalimar, Hatia, Jaipur and Guwahati.
The move to shift several long distance trains from two existing rail terminals to Byappanahalli terminal is expected to improve the punctuality of services as well as de-congest the rail section. This will also help railways to operate more long distance trains from Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Union railways minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is likely to visit Bengaluru on September 5 (Sunday) and take stock of the progress of Byappanahalli railway terminal which was ready in March 2021.
The third terminal is awaiting the Prime Minister’s date for inauguration from March 2021. “All work has been completed. The Union railways minister will reach Bengaluru at 5pm on Sunday and inspect Byappanahalli railway terminal from 6pm to 7pm. The inauguration of the terminal is likely by the end of this month or next month after getting confirmation from the PMO,” said a SWR official.
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 ready by October 2021
The 810m-long ROB proposed in 2010-11 to connect Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal and Swami Vivekananda Road 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. SWR officials said the ROB will be completed only by October 2021.

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