Swanky Mv Terminal becomes a tourist destination | Bangalore News

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BENGALURU: The city’s first centralized AC rail terminal seems to be slowly emerging as a tourist spot. From railway fans and bloggers to the elderly and children, the airport-like Sir M Visvesvaraya terminal in Byappanahalli began operations on June 6 and attracts people from across the city.
At just Rs 10 (for the platform ticket), anyone can experience the city’s first world-class rail terminal. Officials said the station’s average attendance is now around 200, but is expected to increase over the weekends. “Previously, people from Byappanahalli and around used to visit, but now many distant places in the city come here. Most are taking photos and videos and they are all happy to see the facilities,” a railway official said.
An “I love Bengaluru” selfie spot at the train station has already become a hit with children. The facade of the terminal is designed on the lines of Kempegowda International Airport.
“This is a state-of-the-art rail terminal. I read about it in the papers and thought of visiting. It went well and set a new standard. The waiting room and toilets are well designed. But the challenge is the maintenance part,” said Ravi Kumar, who visited the terminal with his two daughters. “My daughters have never seen such a station. They first thought it was an airport.
The station has seven platforms. The underground metro connecting platforms 1 to 7 showcases the major landmarks of Bangalore. “It’s different from typical train station subways. It’s well maintained due to low ridership. Having charging stations near the seats, like at the airport, is really good. The seating arrangement (benches) on platforms is better than steel chairs at normal stations. Overall a good experience. But reaching this terminal is difficult as accessibility is poor,” said Revathy K from Jayanagar.
BMTC operates five routes (10 buses and 144 trips) from Sir MV Terminal in Byappanahalli to Channasandra, Central Silk Board, Nagawara and Munnekolalu Cross/Spice Garden.
Officials said only three trains are operational from the terminal so far: 12683/12684 Ernakulam Tri-weekly Express, 16320/16319 Kochuveli Humsafar Express and 22353/22354 Patna-Humsafar Express. South Western Railway has also decided to introduce the non-reserved Memu express 06527/06528 Bangarpet from the terminal from June 20.
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