Muniyappa inaugurates several passenger facilities
Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa on Sunday said the ministry was exploring the possibility of developing Byappanahalli railway station as a world class station on public-private partnership basis.
“The railways require about 50 acres of land, which is available with the NGEF. However, the State Government, which owned the NGEF, has demanded Rs. 200 crore security deposit and the railways doesn't have the money. Hence the PPP model,” he told presspersons after inaugurating the remodelled Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station and the passenger facilitation centre at Yeshwanthpur Railway Station here.
A request for proposal (RFP) for PPP model for Byappanahalli would be issued shortly, said Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), South Western Railway, S.S. Narayanan. Detailed planning for the station at Bangalore City railway station is also under way, he added.
The Cantonment station has been renovated at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh. Amenities such as entry to platform No. 1 from the parking area, new food plaza, installation of the display panels and mechanised cleaning of platforms have been introduced, Mr. Muniyappa said.
The work taken up on the side of platform No. 2 includes widening of the road and providing car parking facilities, display of reservation on LCD screens, food plaza and extension of the platform shelter by four bays, the Minister said. Mr. Muniyappa directed Bangalore Divisional Railway Manager Sudhanshu Mani to clear the wild vegetation and develop a green stretch alongside the railway track near the station.
At Yeshwanthpur, the improved amenities include more car parking space, better passenger concourse, food plaza and more lighting on platforms, Mr. Muniyappa said.
Mr. Muniyappa claimed that Yeshwanthpur station will have a modern look with new facilities.
Bangalore Central Lok Sabha Member P.C. Mohan, Rajarajeshwarinagar MLA M. Sreenivasand Additional DRM Ravi Valluri were present.
‘The railways require about 50 acres of land, which is available with the NGEF'