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Apr 26 (12:54) New Visvesvaraya rail terminal: Built like an airport, flooded by downpour (www.deccanherald.com)
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News Entry# 449784  Blog Entry# 4947837   
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Apr 26 2021 (12:54)
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Frantic efforts are now underway to plug the structural flaws both on the roof and the stormwater management
Bengaluru’s soon-to-be-opened ultra-modern Rs 314-crore Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal in Baiyappanahalli had its entire subway inundated after Friday’s heavy rainfall. 
As its designer ceiling leaked through multiple gaps, the subway linking the terminal’s seven platforms was heavily flooded. Workers had to wade through knee-deep water, struggling to flush it out. Hundreds of passengers would have suffered the same fate had the terminal been opened as planned in March. 
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façade of the terminal, the largest air-conditioned railway concourse of its kind in the country, is modelled after the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). However, the leakage in the ceiling and the flooding have raised serious questions on the build quality. 
By Sunday, the railway authorities had drained the entire terminal and the subway. Media was barred entry into the premises without written permission from the South Western Railway officials. Notice boards were also put up forbidding anyone to take photographs or videos. However, images sourced from inside showed that there was no trace of the flooding. 
Many wondered how a short spell of showers that lasted only 30-45 minutes in the area could flood the entire subway. “The terminal is located on elevated land and water should have quickly drained out along the slope. That the water flooded the subway indicates the lack of a mechanism for rainwater harvesting,” noted railway analyst Sanjeev Dyamannavar. 
Visuals of roof leakage were an indication also of poor workmanship, he said. However, an official from the railways’ construction department maintained that such seepages were a common occurrence even in metro stations and airports. 
But this, from what it appeared from the images and videos, was much more serious. The leaking water had even entered the main terminal floor and the station master’s building. Further aggravating the risk, the water had entered the ducts holding electrical cables, and the control room with signaling equipment. 
Frantic efforts are now underway to plug the structural flaws both on the roof and the stormwater management. Experts said the roof would have to be strengthened and design fixes made to prevent another leakage. This is expected to take a few weeks. 
On Sunday, the South Western Railway tweeted, “The flooding of subway prima facie is due to backflow in rainwater drainage resulting from the heavy downpour. Our team is undertaking corrective measures for the same to prevent recurrence.” 
The flooding of subway prima facie, is due to backflow from drainage resulting from the heavy downpour. Our team is undertaking corrective measures for the same to prevent recurrence.
— South Western Railway (@SWRRLY) April 25, 2021
Later, it was updated that the final phase of the rainwater harvesting system was under completion.
“Water was diverted to the main roof canopy. Water in the subway receded immediately upon stop of downpour. Measures in place to enable smooth drain of water,” the tweet stated. 
The bulk of the work on the city’s third railway terminal had been completed by February. After much delay, the formal inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled this month-end. However, it is now likely only by the end of May or beginning of June. 
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Apr 25 (22:19) Airport-like Visvesvaraiah railway terminal in Bengaluru gets battered by rain (www.newindianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 449708  Blog Entry# 4947422   
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Apr 25 2021 (22:19)
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The world-class terminal readied by the Constructions Division of the South Western Railway Zone was ready two months ago and awaits inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra ModiThe two sharp spells of rain in Bengaluru this week have completely exposed the oft-repeated claims of Sir M Vesvesvaraiah railway terminal in Baiyappanahalli as a 'world-class one'. The 314 crore rupees terminal, India’s first air-conditioned one, had its subway connecting all platforms flooded and water seeping from the roof of the buildings in its campus including the one where the signalling panel is placed.
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an idle state now though the new stabling line is utilized to relieve a bit of congestion at KSR railway station and Bengaluru Cantonment by diverting trains from there for stabling hereA senior railway source told The New Indian Express, “The subway that connects all the platforms from 1 to 7 were flooded with water, that reached up to the knee level. Water had seeped in through the top and reached the floor of the main terminal which is fully glassed and the station master building within the huge campus.” The ducts with electrical wires too had water posing as a huge safety risk for anyone, he added.
An official said that the worrying part was that the leakage had also happened in the room housing the control panel that takes care of the entire signalling operations.
​“The rains on Wednesday and Friday were not heavy. Despite that so much damage has happened. If any malfunctioning happens to this Rs 40-crore signalling board, then it will have a major impact on safety of train operations itself, a serious issue,” he said.
The flaw is in the fact that a slope had not been provided above the station master’s building for rain to peter down as done in most buildings, another official explained.
“The rain has accumulated and seeped through the concrete to the floor below. It is shocking that a station whose cost had shot up from Rs 160 crore to Rs 314 crore and incorporated many passenger amenities has such a flaw in its design and construction,” another official said.
Asked for an explanation, an SWR constructions official attempted to play it down completely. “It is not a big issue. There is a gap between the constructions joint between two buildings. Water is seeping through the gap. We will be fixing the problem in a day,” he said.
However, another engineer said major strengthening or some changes need to be done across the roofing of the buildings could take a few weeks to set it right.
This is the second time that designing issues are affecting the station. When it was racing towards a June 2019 deadline, officials realized during the construction stage that the engineering design plan had miscalculated 70 metres which meant that a portion of the train would stop much beyond the platform.
The plan had to be scrapped, two phases of the station merged into one and the terminal finally readied by February 2021.
Apr 13 (23:05) RPF put on round-the-clock duty at Sir MV railway terminal in Bengaluru to counter thefts (www.newindianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 448573  Blog Entry# 4938448   
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Apr 13 2021 (23:05)
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Apr 13 2021 (23:05)
Station Tag: SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB added by Rail Fanning/718429
The presence of two major slum pockets in the vicinity is stated to be a reason for the thefts, according to eyewitnesses at the spot
Even as the brand new Sir M Visvesvaraya terminal at Baiyappanahalli awaits inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, minor thefts of all kinds are reported to be taking place here on a regular basis. To counter it, the Railways has now deputed the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to guard the sprawling premises 24x7.
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reason for the thefts, according to eyewitnesses at the spot. Another version states that some contractors hired to effect infrastructure work in the terminal have themselves pocketed some of the items.
Electrical sockets, sophisticated bulbs, flower pots, construction material (which are yet to be removed as some final touches are being given), plastic pipes and steel rods are among items which have gone missing from the station.
Top railway officials were reluctant to discuss the issue and sought to play it down. One official said, "Just like how thefts take place in your area and everywhere in the city, it is happening there too."
The terminal is expected to have one of the best CCTV arrangements in the country. However, none of the cameras have been put up as of now for fear they might get stolen or damaged unless the station becomes operational. "We also have many TV display screens that highlight train schedule, speakers and water taps in our possession and have stored them in godowns. None of them have been put up as of now," said a senior railway official. "It will only take one day for officers to install them. As soon as the launch date is confirmed, we plan to put them up," he added.
"We had requested RPF protection for the safekeep of the station and have got it now," the official added.
Senior Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Debashmita Chattopadhyay Banerjee told The New Indian Express, "RPF has already put into place authorised access control and are going to enforce the station security plan. The list of CCTV cameras and security gadgets to be installed have been given to the Constructions department of the South Western Railway. This was decided upon after a joint survey by top officers of the Government Railway Police, RPF and the Signalling and Telecommunication department of the Railways."
When this reporter visited the spot a month ago, a cop stationed there recalled multiple instances of young boys from slums nearby coming over late at nights, stealing construction material put there and making good their escape. "In one instance, a lad brought his scooter, placed many long pipes in front and left. I literally ran behind him on a major chase but could not nab him. Once they enter the slum area, we do not know the way around but they know it well," he said.
Unless there is some kind of patrolling done by local police, the public visiting this station will have an unsafe travelling experience, the cop added.
Mar 31 (10:33) Railway board chief to inspect Visvesvaraya terminal (www.deccanherald.com)
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News Entry# 447385  Blog Entry# 4924630   
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Mar 31 2021 (10:33)
Station Tag: Baiyyappanahalli/BYPL added by GIN bypass needed for Ggvt Hpt Ypr exp/48335

Mar 31 2021 (10:33)
Station Tag: SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB added by GIN bypass needed for Ggvt Hpt Ypr exp/48335
The chief of the railway board is set to visit the Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal at Byappanahalli, whose inauguration is overdue. 
Chairman and CEO of the Railway Board, Suneet Sharma, who is also the ex officio principal secretary to the government of India, is scheduled to inspect the terminal in East Bengaluru. He is expected to answer questions over the delayed inauguration of the terminal though most of the work was completed in the second week of March. 
Sources in the South Western Railway said officials were still expecting the prime minister to inaugurate India’s first fully air-conditioned train terminal.
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Mar 29 (22:23) Sir MV terminal will be opened soon, says Railway Board Chairman (www.newindianexpress.com)
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News Entry# 447313  Blog Entry# 4923089   
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Mar 29 2021 (22:23)
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Mar 29 2021 (22:23)
Station Tag: SMVT Bengaluru/SMVB added by Rail Fanning/718429
The Sir M Visvesvaraya railway terminal at Baiyappanahalli will be inaugurated soon, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Board, Suneet Sharma. Briefing the media along with top railway officials at the Rail Wheel Factory at Yelahanka on Sunday, Sharma said, “We have planned for the inauguration and will get some time from the Prime Minister. It will be inaugurated very soon.”
Asked if it could happen this month, he said, “It looks very difficult.” He was speaking after inspecting the new terminal. Sharma lauded the facilities at the station and billed it as having the best infrastructure in Indian Railways. “It is in tune with the development of Bengaluru as one of the hubs in the country.
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It will provide the much needed respite to Bengaluru as the other two terminals (KSR and Yeshwantpur) sometimes feel congested,” he said.
Asked about the maintenance part, Bengaluru Divisional Railway Manager A K Verma said, “The contract for mechanised cleaning has already been finalised.” General Manager, South Western Railway, A K Singh said, “We will have similar cleaning facilities like the Metro.”
To a query on the trains that will shift to the new terminal, Verma said, “We have already identified 32 pairs of trains. After full train services are reintroduced, they will start one by one.” “Pre-Covid, we used to run 1,702 trains per day including Mail and Express services.
Today, we are running 1,350 of those trains. We are running 10 per cent of Passenger trains. They are
unreserved ones and the protocol has to be very strict,” Sharma said. He did not respond to a query on the loss suffered by the Railways due to disruption of its services. “As far as financials are concerned, we are generally doing very well and meeting all our liabilities,” he said.

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🙏 from february 15th they saying that opening soon but till now even now also not saying any date because of of pm's appointment also not opening even pm done many things(openings) in indian railways in between this time

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It is better to start operating trains from the new terminal from 1 April on experimental basis.Online inauguration is feasible, and there should be no further delay in opening station ASAP

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I have heard that along with this new terminal which is probably one of its kind AC terminal, there are also plans to lay foundation for the suburban rail project as well. Since these are big ticket projects for Bangalore they want to to get maximum mileage. Online inaugration may not gove them the visibility hence maybe they are wating for it to be inaugrated personally !!!
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