Date Of Post: 03 Mar, 2018
Bangalore: 55 railway stations of South Western Railway (SWR) will soon be upgraded with better passenger amenities. SWR officials have re-classified all 367 stations under its jurisdiction, based on footfall, they said. The move came after union railway minister Piyush Goyal directed them to re-categorise stations taking into account ‘earnings, passenger footfall & strategic importance’ to provide better facilities to passengers.
The 55 stations include-
- BEML Nagar
- Bellandur Road
The amenities include-
- High-level platforms
- Foot overbridges
- Additional booking facilities
- Waiting hall
- Seating arrangements
The stations are now clubbed into 3 groups-
- Non-suburban (NS)
- Suburban (S)
- Halt (H)
- These groups have further been put in grades ranging from NSG 1-6, SG 1-3 and HG 1-3, respectively.
- Earlier, passenger earnings, mainly through platform tickets, was the main criteria for classification.
- In SWR, Bengaluru City Railway Station belong to NSG1 category (more than Rs 500 crore annual earnings and above 20 million passengers), Yesvantpur and Mysuru in NSG2 (Rs 100 to Rs 500 crore annual earnings and 10 to 20 million passengers per annum).
- As many as 10 stations were classified as NSG3 (Rs 20 crore to Rs 100 crore and 5 to 10 million passengers per annum).
- A total of 25 stations as NSG4 (between Rs 10 and 20 crore, 2 to 5 million passengers per annum) and 49 NSG5 (earnings less than 10 crore and passengers one to two million per annum.
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