South Central Railway General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav said keeping in view growing pilgrim rush to the Lord Venkateswara temple, the Tirupati railway station would be modernised at a cost of ₹524 crore.
Speaking to reporters here, after inspecting platforms and other facilities such as the cloak room, waiting halls and the cafeteria, Mr. Yadav said tenders for the works would be floated soon.
Platform numbers 4 and 5, he said, would be modernised as per international standards, with open waiting halls, a premier executive lounge and a spacious cloak room. Later, Mr. Yadav unveiled a statue of Lord Venkateswara at the entrance of the railway station, and took part in a puja.
Divisional Railway manager V.P. Singh and senior railway officials from Guntakal, Tirupati and Renigunta accompanied Mr. Yadav.