If the idea of boarding a train in the summer makes you worried because of the intense heat and sweat at stations, Bengaluru now has a solution for you. The Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal in Bengaluru is India’s first centrally Air Conditioned (AC) railway station, letting the passengers feel at ease and be comfortable while travelling! By Anushka Goel
On his recent visit to Karnataka, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal in Bengaluru. Named after Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, what makes the terminal so special is that this is India’s first centrally AC railway station, modelled along the lines of airports (that are also centrally air-conditioned), to make train travel comfortable for passengers.
India gets its first centrally AC railway station
Airport jaisa Station!
Sir M. Visvesvaraya is India’s first centralised AC Terminal, a benchmark for future Railway terminals. It will meet the future connectivity needs of Bengaluru & promote the city as the epicentre of socio-economic development.#NayeBharatKaNayaStation pic.twitter.com/4NAOQVTHuT
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) June 20, 2022
The Ministry of Railways tweeted about the update, stating that the station will “meet the future connectivity needs of Bengaluru and promote the city as the epicentre of socio-economic development.” The station featured state-of-the-art facilities and also bears resemblance to airports. What’s more, the place has eco-friendly features in place to cut down on its environmental impact. The station is an INR 314 crore project, reports Mint. The eco-friendly features include a rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar panels to generate electricity.
The airport was ready back in 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of connectivity via roads, the inauguration of this centrally AC railway station was pushed. Media reports add that the place has a tinge of modernity to its structure, and the Ministry of Railways states that this building will be the new benchmark for the future of railways.
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