Bengaluru: Yeshwantpur station gets makeover, but foot over bridge elusive | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The city’s second-busiest railway station, Yeshwantpur, has got a new look, thanks to redevelopment work taken up by South Western Railway.
As part of the Rs 10-crore project, the station has been equipped with a slew of new and upgraded facilities – roofing, landscaping, improved common and parking areas, wider approach road, better resting places like waiting halls and a bus bay.
The terminal building (near platform 6) now has a 200m roofing, designed on the lines of airport terminals, in three parts: semicircle at the centre and oval on either side.
“Earlier, the second entry near the Metro station was chaotic. We have developed sloping gardens, an amphitheatre, selfie points, innovative wood art, beautiful arches and facade. The area has been opened up with dedicated auto and bus bays,” said an official.
Though the work was supposed to be completed in March 2020, it was delayed due to labour shortage triggered by Covid-19. However, a long-pending foot over bridge (FOB) to connect Yeshwantpur railway and Metro stations remains on paper. Yeshwantpur Metro Station on the Green Line, which has been operational since 2014, is not directly linked to the railway station (platform 6). This causes severe hardship to commuters, especially those with luggage.
Railway officials said according to an MoU between SWR and BMRCL, it’s the latter’s job to build the FOB. In January, BMRCL floated a tender for seven FOBs at six locations – Yeshwantpur, Dasarahalli and Nagasandra stations of Phase 1 and Mailasandra, Jnanabharathi and Chikkabidarkallu (Jindal) stations of Phase 2 – but it is yet to be finalised.
“We are planning to construct two FOBs there: one of 82m connecting the railway station’s existing FOB with the Metro station’s concourse and another of 230m branching out from the first FOB and connecting to the eastern part of the railway station to facilitate seamless connectivity between the eastern and western sides of railway and Metro stations and island platforms,” said an official.

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