Bhubaneswar railway station

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Bhubaneswar
Indian Railway Station
Bhubaneswar Rly Stn.png
Bhubaneswar Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Bhubaneswar, Odisha
 India
Coordinates 20°15′56″N 85°50′35″E / 20.2656°N 85.8431°E / 20.2656; 85.8431Coordinates: 20°15′56″N 85°50′35″E / 20.2656°N 85.8431°E / 20.2656; 85.8431
Elevation 45 m (148 ft)
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 4
Tracks 6:Broad gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)
Parking Available
Baggage check Available
Other information
Opened 1900s
Electrified 2001–02
Station code BBS
Zone(s) East Coast Railway
Division(s) Khurda Road
Station status Functioning
Traffic
Passengers (Daily) 150,000+
Services
Computerized Ticketing CountersLuggage Checking SystemRailway Police ForceParkingPedestrian UnderpassEscalatorsDisabled AccessFood PlazaKiosksWCTaxi StandPublic Transportation
Location
Bhubaneswar Railway Station is located in Odisha
Bhubaneswar Railway Station
Bhubaneswar Railway Station
Location of Bhubaneswar Railway Station in Odisha

Bhubaneswar Railway Station (BBS) serves Bhubaneswar, capital of the Indian state of Odisha and it is the headquarter of the East Coast Railway zone of the Indian Railways.

History[edit]

During the period 1893 to 1896, 800 miles of East Coast State Railway was built and opened to traffic. It necessitated construction of some of the largest bridges across rivers like Brahmani, Kathajodi, Kuakhai and Birupa.

Railways Reorganization[edit]

The Bengal Nagpur Railway was nationalized in 1944.[1] Eastern Railway was formed on 14 April 1952 with the portion of East Indian Railway Company east of Mughalsarai and the Bengal Nagpur Railway.[2] In 1955, South Eastern Railway was carved out of Eastern Railway. It comprised lines mostly operated by BNR earlier.[2][3] Amongst the new zones started in April 2003 were East Coast Railway and South East Central Railway. Both these railways were carved out of South Eastern Railway.[2]

Electrification[edit]

Bhubaneswar Yard and Khurda Road-Bhubaneswar section was electrified in 2001-02. Bhubaneswar-Barang section was electrified in 2002-03.[4]

Busy Station[edit]

Bhubaneswar railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[5]

New Bhubaneswar[edit]

As Bhubaneswar railway station is getting saturated, a satellite passenger terminal has been planned at New Bhubaneswar (between Mancheswar and Barang). While Bhubaneswar is located on the southern side of the city, New Bhubaneswar would be located on the northern side.[6][7]

Under Construction[edit]

The construction of the four new platforms is in progress, which was approved earlier jointly by the East Coast Railways (ECoR) and the Government of Odisha. The Bhubaneswar Railway Station will have a seven storey building with four upper class waiting halls to accommodate six hundred passengers, the two executive lounges will have a capacity to lodge hundred people, five second-class waiting halls, which will have a combined capacity of 1,000. In addition to all these, all the floors in the building will have retiring rooms and dormitories (both air-conditioned and general) with world class modern amenities. All the floors of the proposed station building will have multi-cuisine restaurants, bookshops, medicine counters, booking counters, tourism counters and kiosks of many different categories. The multi-storey parking facility will have a 4,000sqm basement to accommodate 3,200 scooters as well as cycles, while 900 cars can be parked from the second to seventh floor. The Government of Odisha have decided to make the Bhubaneswar Railway Station a world class railway station. The total cost for the development of Bhubaneswar railway Station is estimated at 230 crores. If the space between Reservation counter in the station and Platform 1 can be utilised properly then Bhubaneswar station can have 4 to 5 additional platforms and total no platforms can be 7 to 9 platforms. more number of platforms is required to decongest the existing station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IR History: Part - III (1900 - 1947)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Geography – Railway Zones". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  3. ^ "IR History: Part - IV (1947 - 1970)". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  5. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  6. ^ "‘New Bhubaneswar’ in the offing". The Hindu, 16 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  7. ^ "ECoR’s Rs. 279-cr plan for Bhubaneswar, Puri". The Pioneer, 16 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 

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