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India's first centralised AC railway terminal in Bengaluru to be inaugurated by PM Modi ‘soon’

Railway officials say that the inauguration date is expected to be set at the end of April or early May.

India first centralised AC railway terminal in Bengaluru to be inaugurated by PM Modi soon-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Mar 30, 2021, 1:49 PM IST
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The construction of the much-awaited Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal in Bengaluru, the first centralised air-conditioned railway terminal in the country, has been completed.

Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal, situated in Baiyappanahalli is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board Suneet Sharma confirmed after an inspection held at soon-to-be India’s first centralised air-conditioned railway terminal.

“We have planned for the inauguration and are waiting for a date from the Prime Minister’s Office. The terminal will become operational very soon,” Sharma said. The terminal is expected to handle 32 pairs of trains once operations begin.

The station structure of the terminal consists of about 4,200 square metres of covered area, and is expected to receive a daily footfall of about 50,000. The terminal has seven platforms, apart from eight stabling lines; apart from these, three pit lines enable the terminal to operate 50 trains daily. It is expected to handle 32 pairs of trains once operations begin.

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.

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.

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