Experts Suggest Linking Byappanahalli terminal and Metro station with travelator

While the Third Coaching Terminal Byappanahalli (TCTB) is expected to be ready by February 2021, poor connectivity to and from it is likely to cause severe inconvenience to rail passengers. Experts say the government should connect the Rs 240-crore TCTB, which was recently renamed Sir M Visvesvaraya terminal, and Byappanahalli Metro station with a travelator.

TCTB is around 2km from the Metro station on Old Madras Road, but passengers have to take a detour of more than 5km. “This is a classic example of poor planning. Railways had huge parcels of land so they built a railway terminal, but without considering accessibility. Now, it is the responsibility of other civic agencies and experts to come up with a solution to this mess. Citizens will be at the receiving end of poor planning,” said Ashish Verma, associate professor, transportation systems engineering at Indian Institute of Science.

“A travelator could be a more cost-effective solution than monorail. A scientific study on the estimated number of passengers and land availability will reveal effective feeder solutions like travelator, midi buses and e-rickshaws for feeder connectivity,” added Verma.

South Western Railway (SWR) is planning to operate long-distance trains from TCTB. An official said: “The state government may have to take a call as per feasibility.” A government official said the railways could build a travelator since a majority of the land is owned by it, and link it to the Byappanahalli station.

“Government agencies have little role to play. Railways cannot wash its hands of after constructing this terminal,” said an official. SWR is planning to complete the under-construction rail over bridge (ROB), that is to connect the TCTB and Swami Vivekananda station, only by June 2021. However, the narrow ROB won’t be able to handle the additional traffic.