Gede railway station

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Gede
Indian Railway Station
Station statistics
Address Gede, Nadia, West Bengal
 India
Coordinates 23°29′44″N 88°46′37″E / 23.4956807°N 88.7768269°E / 23.4956807; 88.7768269
Line(s) Lalgola and Gede Branch Lines
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Other information
Opened 1862
Electrified 1997-98
Station code
Zone(s) Eastern Railway
Division(s) Sealdah
Station status Functioning
Formerly Eastern Bengal Railway

Gede (Bengali: গেদে) is the last station and border checkpoint on the way to Bangladesh in Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The corresponding station on the Bangladesh side is Darshana. It is the last station on the Sealdah-Gede section of Kolkata Suburban Railway system.

Gede was one of the stations on the Sealdah-Goalundo route of East Bengal Railway. With the partition of India in 1947, it became a border town. Thereafter there were three trains from Sealdah running into East Pakistan: the East Bengal Express, the East Bengal Mail and the Barisal Express. The services all ceased after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Freight trains ran on Petrapole-Benapole, Gede-Darshana and Singhabad-Rohanpur lines off and on since 1972 after the independence of Bangladesh, and more regularly after transport agreements were signed by the two countries in the 1990s.[1]Radhikapur-Biral section was another section for movement of goods traffic. As of 2002, the Gede-Darshana section accounted for the bulk of the exports handled by the Indian Railways (both the Eastern Railway and the Northeast Frontier Railway together) for Bangladesh.[2]

A direct train between Dhaka and Kolkata, named Maitree Express (Maitree is a Sanskrit word meaning friendship) commenced on 14 April 2008. The train is managed by Indian Railways and Bangladesh Railway. The approximate distance covered by Maitree Express is estimated at around 538 kilometres (334 mi), a stretch of 120 kilometres (75 mi) in India and a stretch of 418 kilometres (260 mi) in Bangladesh. The train follows the border point route at Gede-Darshana. The train runs on Saturdays and Sundays every week.[3] Passengers of the Maitree Express are irked by the five-hour wait for immigration and customs clearance at the border stations of Darshana and Gede.[4]

Trans-Asian Railway[edit]

Currently, all freight traffic originating from Asia destined for Europe goes by sea. The Trans-Asian Railway will enable containers from Singapore, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Korea to travel over land by train to Europe. The Southern Corridor of the Trans-Asian Railway is of prime interest to India. It connects Yunnan in China and Thailand with Europe via Turkey and passes through India.[5]

The proposed route will enter India through Tamu and Moreh in Manipur bordering Myanmar, then enter Bangladesh through Mahisasan and Shabajpur and again enter India from Bangladesh at Gede. On the western side, the line will enter Pakistan at Attari. There is a 315 kilometres (196 mi) missing link on this route in the India-Myanmar sector; of this, 180 kilometres (110 mi), in India, is between Jiribam in Manipur and Tamu in Myanmar. The rail link between Jiribam and Imphal has been sanctioned by Indian Railways, but that is unlikely to be completed before 2016. At present construction work is in progress in a 97 kilometres (60 mi) stretch between Jiribam and Tupul.[6][7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Train links Dhaka, Kolkata". New Age , 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  2. ^ Santanu, Santanu. "Poor facilities railroad Petrapole-Benapole traffic". The Hindu Business Line, 3 June 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ "International Trains from India". railwaysheadlinesindia. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ Ashraf, Shamim. "Dhaka-Kolkata Train Service - Long waits for customs job discouraging passengers". The Daily Star , 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  5. ^ "Trans-Asian Railway". Streamline Supply Chain. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  6. ^ "Agreement on Trans-Asian railway passing through Manipur signed". Larkhawm. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  7. ^ "India signs accord on trans-Asian railway network". The Hindu, 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  8. ^ "B'desh segment of TAR route preparation shows progress". Financial Express, 18 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  9. ^ "Manipur gets rail gift for Trinamul bypoll win - Tall promises of connecting all capitals of region leaves Northeast industry captains unimpressed". The Telegraph, 26 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

Coordinates: maps 23°29′44″N 88°46′37″E / 23.4956807°N 88.7768269°E / 23.4956807; 88.7768269