Changrabandha railway station

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Changrabandha
Indian Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Vill: Changrabandha, PS: Mekhliganj, Distt: Cooch Behar, West Bengal
India
Coordinates 26°24′47″N 88°55′09″E / 26.4131°N 88.9193°E / 26.4131; 88.9193Coordinates: 26°24′47″N 88°55′09″E / 26.4131°N 88.9193°E / 26.4131; 88.9193
Platforms 1
Tracks New Mal Jn - Changrabandha Line
Other information
Electrified no
Station code CBD
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway
Division(s) Alipurduar
Owned by Indian Railways
Operator Northeast Frontier Railway
Station status Line being converted to broad gauge
Formerly Bengal Dooars Railway
Location
Changrabandha is located in West Bengal
Changrabandha
Changrabandha
Location in West Bengal

Changrabandha (Bengali: চাঙ্গড়াবান্ধা ) is a land border crossing point and a defunct rail transit point on the India-Bangladesh border in Cooch Behar district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The corresponding point on the Bangladesh side is Burimari in Lalmonirhat District.[1][2]

The headquarters of Mekhliganj community development block is located at Changrabandha.[3]

History[edit]

The Lalmonirhat-Malbazar metre gauge line was developed by the Bengal Dooars Railway in the closing years of the nineteenth century.[4] With the partition of India in 1947, the Indian side of the line terminated at Changrabandha and the Pakistani side, later Bangladeshi side, at Burimari.[5]

Present status[edit]

The Indian side of the old metre gauge line is now out service.[6] A new broad gauge line is being laid from New Mal Jn. to Changrabandha.[7]

The Bangladeshi side of the line is still functional but the track is in bad shape with frequent derailments. There are two local trains in a day running at a limited speed of 8–14 km per hour (as against 45 km per hour in normal sections).[8][9] Bangladesh Railway has planned for rehabilitation of the line.[10]

Direct buses are available between Siliguri and Changrabandha, and between Dhaka and Burimari.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introducing Burimari". lonely planet. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  2. ^ "Notification No. 63/94-Cus. (N.T.) dtd 21/11/1994 with amendments - Land Customs Stations and Routes for import and export of goods by land or inland water ways". Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Contact details of Block Development Officers". Cooch Behar district. West Bengal Government. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Bengal Dooars Railway". Fibis. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ "Geography - International". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  6. ^ Mohan Bhuyan. "International Links from India". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Rail Budget Speech - 25.02.11". New lines. surfindia.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Lalmonirhat-burimari Route -45 trains derail in 5 months - Lack of sleepers, stone makes the run-down track risky". The Daily Star, 7 February 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  9. ^ "For better railway between Lalmonirhat and Burimari". The Financial Express, 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Tk 14,531 crore BR projects to double capacity". Priyo Internet Life. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  11. ^ "North East India". p 299. lonely planet / Google Books. Retrieved 2011-12-10.