A makeover awaits Yeshwantpur railway station with the South Western Railways (SWR) planning to upgrade its facilities with an investment of about Rs. 15 crore. Keeping the increased number of passengers and Metro in mind, SWR is planning a better parking facility and ticket counters at the station which sees a daily passenger traffic of over 40,000 to 50,000.
In collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), the SWR is creating a multi-level car parking and better accessibility.
The contract for the redevelopment project will be awarded next week and March 2019 has been fixed as a deadline for its completion, including Metro Foot Overbridge. The project will finally include the foot overbridge connecting the railway station with Yeshwantpur Metro station.
The railways have taken an initiative to provide the bridge as part of the station redevelopment project, which will help about 8,000 people who switch between the Metro and railway station every day. The Metro station sees a ridership between 15,000 and 20,000 (both entry and exit) and about half of them are railway passengers.
Inside the station, a new waiting hall, escalator for platform 6 and widening of the foot overbridge towards Tumakuru side by an additional five meters has been planned. Outside, six vertically large open structures with a front facade will give a new look to the station. The vacant land belonging to railways will be developed commercially to maximize its potential. South Western Railway’s second busiest station, Yeshwantpur sees an annual footfall of 89 lakh passengers.
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