Rail Users Want Sir Mv Terminaloperationalised | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to visit Bengaluru next month, train passengers and activists want Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal (Byappanahalli third coaching terminal), which was completed last year, to be opened for public use.
Sources said Modi was supposed to visit Bengaluru on April 5 but the date was postponed. “We have not received any intimation from the Prime Minister’s Office on the inauguration of the terminal and foundation stone-laying ceremony of the suburban rail project,” said a railway source. It’s also not clear whether the PM will do the honours only before the BBMP polls/state elections. In March 2021, the city’s third coaching terminal was completed but its inauguration was delayed due to Covid-19 as well as elections in other states.
In October 2020, the Centre cleared the 148km suburban rail project. However, K-RIDE, which is executing it, floated civil work tender for only one of the four corridors so far. L&T has emerged the lowest bidder in the tender for the 25km Byappanahalli-Chikkabanavara (Mallige) line.
While the railway terminal was sanctioned in 2015-16, construction was completed last March. In September last year, railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said Sir MV terminal would be opened after connectivity issues are resolved. In November 2021, an 810m rail overbridge at Byappanahalli was completed.
The terminal is designed on the lines of Bengaluru airport and has a centralised AC system. Two other revamped stations — Habibganj (Rani Kamlapati) in Madhya Pradesh and Gandhinagar in Gujarat — which offer airport-like facilities have been inaugurated even though they were completed after Byappanahalli terminal.
Abhishek S, a regular train passenger, said: “Karnataka has often been neglected by the railways. The delay in opening the terminal and conducting a foundation-laying ceremony of the suburban rail are recent examples. Opening of Sir MV terminal would have helped the railways run more long-distance trains and benefited thousands of passengers. The terminal had missed several deadlines in the past and not operationalising it is a criminal waste of taxpayers’ money. When the other two world-class terminals are functional, why is the Byappanahalli facility being delayed for no reason?”

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