Bengaluru set to have a railway station with world-class amenities in 3 years. A butterfly-shaped railway station is all set to come up at Byappanahalli in Bengaluru and it will have airport-like facilities. The facility is expected to be built at a cost of Rs 250 crore.
- The IRSDC (Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation) in association with the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) unveiled the blueprint of the Byappanahalli station development project spread across 132 acres.
- Of the total, 30 acres will be handed over to private builders for lease of 99 years.
- The railway station is expected to be completed in 3 years.
- But commercial establishments including stalls, hospitals, workplaces and service apartments will be completed in 8-10 years.
- The last date to apply for commercial establishments in the station premises is May 30, as per the notification.
- As Bengaluru is called a Garden City, rooftop of the railway station will have garden and the entire station will have a green look and feel with real greenery around.
- The Byappanahalli railway station is expected to have separate arrival and departure terminals.
- The station will be inclusive of other facilities including digital signages, escalators, conveyor belts, executive lounges, Wi-Fi facility, battery-operated buggies, food courts, entertainment facilities and also ATMs.
- There will also be a waiting room like the one at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, as passengers have been directed to be in the station at least 15 minutes before the arrival of the train.
- This will avert the crowding during the arrival of train and also mishaps while boarding the moving train.
- A 3rd coaching terminal is also being built in Byappanahalli to ease the rush at the city railway station and Yeshwantpur.
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Southern Railway to upgrade 61 trains under project ‘Utkrisht’
Date : May 13, 2019
The Southern Railway will complete upgradation of 61 trains under the project ‘Utkrisht‘ soon. The Tambaram-Nagercoil tri-weekly express, which was upgraded under the scheme, was flagged off from Tambaram recently.
- An official said,”In the first phase, 10 trains were upgraded under the Utkrisht programme. In the second phase, 64 trains were allotted for upgradation for Southern Railway.”
- Out of that, 3 trains have been upgraded and the upgradation of the remaining 61 trains will be completed soon, the official said.
- The total outlay for upgrading 64 trains in Southern Railway was Rs 67.75 crore, he said.
- The Tambaram-Nagercoil Express has features include-
- Hydrophobic coated wash basin
- Epoxy flooring in the toilet
- Vinyl wrapping of doorway and gangway
- LED lights
- Bay mobile charging points
- Glowing berth number indication boards
- Odourless bio-toilets
- WiFi infotainment in air conditioned coaches
- Utkrisht project involves upgradation of 640 train rakes for improvement in passenger amenities and comfort in the next 2 years at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore.
- It involves giving new paint to the coaches, changing damaged seats and berths, refurbishing the toilets, providing LED lighting and braille inside the compartments and gangways, and enabling coach maintenance services onboard.
- Last year in December, Kongu Express which runs between Coimbatore and Hazrat Nizamuddin was the first train to be flagged off under project Utkrisht of the Southern Railways.
- The coaches of the train were refurbished at a cost of Rs 60 lakh.
- Chennai-Sengottai bi-weekly Silambu Express also was refurbished under the project in February this year.
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