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Upgrade for 5 railway stations in Bengaluru, Infra News, ET Infra

Seventeen railway stations in Karnataka, including five in Bengaluru, are set to get an upgrade on passenger amenities at an estimated cost of Rs 8-10 crore per station.

According to the plan, Bangalore City (KSR), Malleswaram, Kengeri, Krishnarajapuram, and Whitefield stations of the capital will be upgraded, while stations in the rest of Karnataka, including Bangarapet, Mandya, Channapatna, Hosur, Hindupur, Kuppam, Malur, Ramanagara, Tumakuru, Doddaballapura, Dharmapuri, Channasandra, will also receive upgrades.

Kusuma Hariprasad, additional divisional manager (Bengaluru division), told Bangalore Mirror that the railways are upgrading 16 stations within the Bengaluru division.

“All the stations have been surveyed and a tender has been called. We are planning for soft upgradation of these stations by spending Rs 8-10 crore per station. Stations will be equipped with escalators, lifts, upgraded lounge, waiting room, and parking facilities at these stations,” she said.

“The project is being pursued due to the success of the upgradation of the railway station in Bhubaneshwar at the cost of Rs 5 crore. Based on that model, we are upgrading all railway stations,and 16 stations in the first phase. We wanted to provide passenger-friendly stations. However, these stations won’t be upgraded on a large scale like in the case of Sir MV Terminal at the cost of Rs 320 crore,” she added.

The railway board has introduced the Amrit Bharat Scheme for the upgradation of stations, which places focus on passenger movement, convenience and integration with nearby areas, multi-modal connectivity, and improvement of access roads.

The stations will be integrated with access from both sides of the railway station. Arrival and departure areas will be separated.

Furthermore, passengers will be provided with comfortable minimal queuing, movements, waiting, availing facilities such as ticketing, tapped potable drinking water, toilets, and retail shops, etc.

Booking/reservation offices should preferably be housed inside the main station building. If, due to design limitations, they need to be placed in a separate building, they should be covered by a pathway that matches the overall design of the station. To enjoy the passenger-friendly amenities, the roof plaza will be constructed with spaces like lounges, recreation areas, waiting areas, seating arrangements, shopping areas, a restaurant, an acoustically designed and soothing public announcement system, wifi, ATMs, tourist facilitation counters, medical facilities, charging points, etc.

  • Published On Apr 17, 2023 at 08:03 AM IST

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