Bengaluru’s first airport-like railway station starts at Baiyappanahalli


Bengaluru’s airport-like railway terminal at Baiyappanahalli in the city started its operations on Monday night. The 4,200 sqm terminal building will cater to a daily footfall of 50,000 with 50 trains running every day.

The terminal has a parking space for over 200 cars and 900 two-wheelers. (Image: Twitter)

Bengaluru’s airport-like railway terminal at Baiyappanahalli in the city started its operations on Monday night. The Rs 314 crore Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal at Byappanahalli, which was waiting for a grand inauguration for the last 14 months, was finally made operational.

The railway terminal, modelled after the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, have seven platforms, apart from eight stabling lines and three pit lines.

Every platform is 15 metre wide and 600 metre long.

The 4,200 sqm terminal building will cater to a daily footfall of 50,000 with 50 trains running every day.

The Banaswadi-Ernakulam tri-weekly Express (no. 12684) was the first to run from the terminal, which was initially scheduled to be India’s first modernised railway terminal.

The terminal was supposed to be completed in December 2018, but was finished in March 2021.

The third coaching terminal for the city is expected to decongest the existing Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) and Yesvantpur railway stations.

The Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal is the country’s first largest air-conditioned rail concourse, which will give passengers an airport kind of experience. “Modern station buildings with centralised air conditioning and airport-like facade have been constructed which will be an airport kind of experience to passengers,” said an official.

The terminal has a parking space for over 200 cars and 900 two-wheelers.



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