Bengaluru: Byappanahalli terminal to open after connectivity is fixed, says railway minister | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (Byappanahalli third coaching terminal) will be opened after connectivity issues are resolved, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Sunday.
He was speaking to media persons after inspecting the terminal, which was completed in March, with senior railway officials and Bengaluru Central MP PC Mohan.
Asked about the nearly six-month delay in opening the terminal, Vaishnaw said: “There was a Covid period. We are also working on the connectivity side, where there is a small glitch. The BBMP chief commissioner has given us a solution. The issue of limited/narrow road access to the terminal will be sorted out very soon in consultation with BBMP. Once that is done, we will inaugurate the terminal.”
Praising the station, he said: “It’s a new concept. The facilities, amenities provided for enhancing the comfort and convenience of passengers will become a benchmark for stations to be built across the country.”
The minister reached the terminal at 6pm and left by 7.30pm to attend the marriage reception of Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi’s daughter at Palace Grounds.
South Western Railway’s 810m-long rail over bridge proposed in 2010-11 to connect the terminal and Swami Vivekananda Road Metro station on Old Madras Road, is expected to be completed by October. Many activists have been asking the railways to open the terminal on Sir MV’s birthday — September 15.
Vaishaw discussed with SWR general manager Sanjeev Kishore the possibility for transportation of parcels from the terminal. He instructed officials to formulate proposals to generate revenue — from running of special parcel trains to transporting white goods, industrial tools, textiles and other products manufactured in this area.
“The station is equipped with seven platforms, is designed to serve a footfall of 1 lakh passengers every day and equipped with features like Braille signage, ramps to access subways apart from escalators and lifts. This makes it a station friendly for the differently abled. There is an eco-friendly water-recycling plant too,” said SWR in a release.
BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta told TOI they have prepared a detailed project report to provide connectivity to the terminal at a cost of Rs 260 crore.
“We are planning to construct a new ROB at Byappanahalli, flyover at the IOC junction and a stretch integrating Banaswadi Main Road and Old Madras Road. Two lanes will be added to the ongoing ROB work connecting Old Madras Road without additional land acquisition. We will float the tender once we get government approval. We are coordinating with railways to provide better accessibility to the station, including footpaths and streetlights,” he said.

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