Rail commuters in Bengaluru have a reason to cheer. A butterfly shaped rail terminal at Byappanahalli in the city is set to offer airport-like facilities to the passengers

The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), along with BBMP, recently revealed the blueprint of the Byappanahalli station development project. Out of 132 acres where the project is forecasted, 30 acres will be provided to private builders on lease for a period of 99 years and with potential to accommodate 26 lakh sqft built-up area.

To be built at an estimated Rs 250 crore, is expected to be completed in three years, while the commercial establishments will be ready in eight to 10 years.

The main station will be a green building in the shape of a butterfly. It will house roof gardens with integrated courtyards aimed to promote the concept of Garden City. The green building is expected to ensure safe and secure passenger movement, cleanliness and hygiene and ease of access to stations.

The green building expected to see about nine lakh passengers a day in 20 years. A waiting area will be facilitated similar to airports in the station concourse. The Waiting area will segregate passengers into arrival and departure halls and allow them to board 15 minutes before the train’s departure to reduce crowding on platforms.

Several real-estate firms are keen to bid for commercial properties inside the station area and within the complex to establish hotels, hospitals, work places and service apartments. The last date for the request for proposal for the project is May 30.

The world-class Byappanahalli station will have feature like separate arrival and departure terminals, digital signages, escalators, conveyor belts, executive lounges, free and paid Wi-Fi facility, battery-operated buggies, food courts, entertainment facilities and ATMs. The station is expected to be developed into an inter-model transit hub because of its close proximity to the Metro station.

A proposal to develop the Byappanahalli station into a world-class facility figured in the railway budgets of 2009-10 and 2013-14. In July 2016, Indian Railways decided to develop 400 stations across the country as world-class stations under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

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