Hridaypur railway station
Indian Railway Station
A local train at the Hridaypur railway station
|Address||Hridaypur, North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal
|Elevation||11 metres (36 ft)|
|Structure type||At Ground|
|Baggage check||Not available|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
Hridaypur railway station (Bengali: হৃদয়পুর রেল স্টেশন) is a minor railway station in the neighbourhood of Barasat. It serves the local areas of Hridaypur, Udayrajpur and Chandigarh in the North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India. Many people use it every day, especially to travel to Kolkata during the peak periods.
The main line of the Eastern Bengal Railway from Sealdah to Ranaghat, was opened in 1862 and extended the same year to Kushtia, now in Bangladesh. In 1882–84 the Bengal Central Railway Company constructed two lines: one from Dum Dum to Khulna, now in Bangladesh, via Bangaon and the other linking Ranaghat and Bangaon. The Hridaypur railway station lies in the Dum Dum-Bangaon section and was opened in 1906.
The structure of the station is not so large. There are four entrances, two in each platform. The computerised ticket counter is present in platform no. 1. All the Sealdah and Dum Dum bound trains arrive at platform no.1 and all the Bangaon, Gobardanga, Thakurnagar, Habra, Duttapukur, Basirhat and Hasnabad bound trains arrive at platform no. 2. A few Hasnabad bound trains are galloping. There are lots of food stalls and vendors on both the platforms. A foot over bridge connects the two platforms. A level crossing exists at the southernmost end of the railway station.
Extension plan from Noapara to Barasat
Up the track from Noapara to Barasat, the proposed metro railway extension alignment would be elevated and pass through Ramakrishna Palli, and Shantinagar stations where the down track would pass through Dum Dum Cantonment, and Jessore Road before meeting with the Up line at Biman Bandar station. From there, both the up and down lines would run parallel along NH 34 until the junction of Noai Canal with NH 34 and descent gradually over Noai Canal and descend gradually over Noai Canal before reaching the surface short of Madhyamgram railway station. From Madhyamgram to Barasat the alignment would be on the surface. However, for crossing the existing Road Over Bridge at Madhyamgram and Barasat, the alignment would descend gradually to ground level and rise again on viaduct. This is supposed to be beneficial for the people of North 24 Parganas district and will bring them closer to Kolkata's Business district. This would reduce the heavy pressure on Sealdah–Barasat section of Eastern Railways. The Hridaypur Metro railway station is to be constructed in the Madhyamgram-Barasat section and is to be named Bibhutibhushan after the great Bengali author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay.
End of the road for Dum Dum–Barasat metro extension
Work for the Dum Dum–Barasat (via NSC Bose Airport) metro extension has come to a halt as construction giant L&T has pulled out of the 20 km metro corridor project. L&T was unable to get on with the work due to the encroachment on railway land. L&T has moved out all major equipment from the project site at Barasat and has closed down two of the three site offices. The lone site office is locked. 
|Preceding station||Indian Railway||Following station|
|Eastern Railway zone|
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