Indian Railways is all set to inaugurate the country’s first centralised AC railway terminal in the state of Karnataka.
Equipped with modern facilities, the $43m railway terminal is located at Bengaluru’s Baiyappanahalli area.
The centrally air-conditioned railway terminal has been constructed to provide an ‘airport-style’ experience to commuters, with design inspiration drawn from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.
The 4,200km² terminal will feature seven platforms, three enabling lines and three pit lines.
With 50 trains running on an average a day, the terminal is expected to handle more than 50,000 daily commuters.
All platforms will be linked by two subways and a long, oval foot overbridge.
The terminal will also have parking spaces for 900 two-wheelers and 200 cars. It is also expected to commence services by the end of this month.
The terminal will connect the city with other railway stations within Karnataka and outside.
South Western Railways (SWR) previously said that the new terminal will reduce passenger load from the KSR Bengaluru and Yesvantpur stations.
In a separate development, all railway tracks in the Indian state of West Bengal will be electrified by 2023 to boost passenger and freight connectivity of the state.
Indian Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal was quoted by The Financial Express as saying: “Our efforts will be directed towards making West Bengal a premier state in trading and business activity in the country.”
Indian Railways is aiming to complete electrification across the nation by December 2023.