Bengaluru Gets India's First AC Railway Terminal

The swanky new terminal has state-of-the-art facilities
The terminal is spread over 4,200 sqm
The terminal is spread over 4,200 sqm

If you're among the snobbish few who still think train travel is not at par with air travel, the Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal in Bengaluru will have you rethinking your stance. The swanky new terminal in Baiyappanahalli is India's first AC railway terminal.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted jaw-dropping pictures of the soon-to-be-inaugurated terminal which will have other state-of-the-art facilities, and will be a first for India's railway transit infrastructure.

The terminal has seven platforms connected by lifts and escalators, a foot overbridge and two subways. Spread over 4,200 sq m, it is expected to serve a footfall of 50,000 daily, and has been built at a cost of Rs 314 crore. Reports say the terminal will operate 50 trains per day.

Other amenities at the terminal include an upper class waiting hall, a food court, a VIP lounge, a digital real-time information hub, and a 4-lakh-litre water recycling plant. The parking can accommodate 900 two-wheelers, over 200 cars, 50 auto-rickshaws and 5 BMTC-size buses.

With the pandemic bringing attention back to domestic travel in a big way, and the railways getting a mega makeover, one could expect train travel to pick up in the coming days.

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