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Chitpur Railway Station
Indian Railway Station
Kolkata Station.JPG
चितपुर रेलवे स्टेशन
Location Kolkata, West Bengal
 India
Coordinates 22°36′6″N 88°22′59″E / 22.60167°N 88.38306°E / 22.60167; 88.38306Coordinates: 22°36′6″N 88°22′59″E / 22.60167°N 88.38306°E / 22.60167; 88.38306
Elevation 30 ft.
Platforms 5
Construction
Parking Available
Other information
Station code KOAA
Zone(s) Eastern Railways
Division(s) Kolkata
History
Opened 2006
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railway   Following station
Eastern Railway zone
Location of Chitpur Railway Station

Kolkata Station (also known as Chitpur station) (In Bengali: চিৎপুর রেলওয়ে ষ্টেশন) is the newest of the four intracity railway stations serving Howrah and Kolkata, India; the others are Sealdah Station, in Kolkata, Shalimar Station in Howrah and Howrah Station in Howrah. Kolkata station is situated in the Chitpur locality of north central Kolkata.

History[edit]

The place where the station is situated was formerly a large goods yard. The present car and bus parking areas, as well as the path to the station, formed part of a coal loading yard. The present-day platforms were once used as goods lines and formed part of the large Chitpur Rail Yard.

In 2000, the first plans were made to utilise this area as a railway station, since the rapid growth of long distance passengers was overcrowding the Sealdah station. Due to limitations of space, new platform construction is restricted at Sealdah. Two new platforms (9A & 9B) constructed between 2004 and 2005 proved insufficient. Due to its central position in Kolkata, the Sealdah station is too busy for suburban train traffic. To overcome this problem, Eastern Railways suggested constructing another large railway station in Kolkata, to cater mostly to long distance trains.The decision to build a terminal at Chitpur came after a lot of deliberation and a process of elimination. Different locations were suggested for the station site. Three years ago, Majerhat was suggested as a possible location. The idea was shelved owing to technical difficulties involving the construction of a bridge over the Hooghly river from Bauria to Budge Budge. Then there was Shalimar, in Howrah district, which was already a goods terminal operating under the South Eastern Railway. In fact, a passenger service on a trial basis was also started from there through two pairs of trains. But the project could not take off owing to certain problems relating to infrastructure and the considerable distance of the terminal from Kolkata proper.Chitpur was decided upon finally and approved by the Railway Ministry in 2003-04. Certain inherent advantages helped in the selection of this place. Other than being located in the heart of Kolkata, Chitpur has already functioned as an important rail yard for around a century. Moreover, unlike in the case of Majerhat and Shalimar, the huge property in and around the place belongs to the Railways. The proposal has been accepted by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), and on May 15, 2003, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee laid the foundation stone for the project.

Construction started in 2004. The tracks from the coal-yard were closed first, and then a large portion of electrified goods tracks were shut down. Those tracks, masts and wires were demolished. Next, the Dumdum - Majherhat link rail line's (Kolkata Circular Railway) track was temporarily re-aligned. This action permitted the construction of platforms, station buildings and a parking area to begin. After construction was completed, the circular rail tracks were aligned as before, now via the new station. Other tracks were re-aligned, and completely electrified for passenger coaches shunting (up to side of Tala station). Tracks in the opposite direction, which were not electrified and underutilized, were re-laid, re-aligned and fully electrified for goods trains (with wagon to lorry transfer facility). Part of the former electrified goods lines, which were closed, now entered use as a coach siding.

After these, the official inauguration occurred in January 2006.

Services[edit]

The station is linked to the Sealdah-Ranaghat Line and is served by the Eastern Railway for trains to Bandel, Kalyani Simanta, Gede, Shantipur, Krishnanagar, Dankuni, Kolkata Airport, Bongaon, Hasnabad and others. The number of suburban trains is lower than long-distance trains. This station runs many long distance express trains including two pairs of Garibrath Express, and one long distance passenger train - Lalgola Passenger. There are five platforms, among them Platform 1 & 2 is used by only suburban trains, and Platform 3,4 & 5 are used by long-distance trains. The station is operated by the Eastern Railway. The only international train of eastern India is Kolkata - Dhaka Maitree Express, which runs towards Bangladesh, is also departed from here.

The Maharaja Express departed from this station for the first time at 20 March 2010.

Trains originating from Kolkata station[edit]

  • Kolkata-Patna Garib Rath
  • Kolkata - Guwahati Garib Rath Express
  • Kolkata-Amritsar Superfast Express
  • Kolkata-Delhi Anand Bihar Express
  • Kolkata - Haldibari InterCity Express
  • Maithili Express
  • Kolkata-Jogbani Express
  • Kolkata-Jaynagar Weekly Express
  • Kolkata-Sitamarhi Mithilanchal Express
  • Kolkata-Radhikapur Express
  • Kolkata-Gorakhpur Poorvanchal Express via Muzaffarpur
  • Kolkata-Gorakhpur Poorvanchal Express via Ballia
  • Kolkata-Gorakhpur Poorvanchal Express via Narkatiaganj
  • Kolkata-Jammu Tawi Express
  • Kolkata-Muzaffarpur Tirhut Express
  • Kolkata-Giridih Link Express
  • Kolkata-Berhampore Court Dhanya Dhaanya Express
  • Kolkata-Balurghat Tebhaga Express
  • Kolkata-Dibrugarh Superfast Express
  • Kolkata-Nangal Dam Gurumukhi Superfast Express
  • Kolkata-Ajmer Weekly via Kota Express
  • Kolkata-Agra Cannt Superfast Express
  • Kolkata-Ajmer Weekly via Nimach Express
  • Kolkata-Lalgola Hazarduari Express
  • Kolkata-Jhansi Pratham Swatantrata Sangram Express
  • Kolkata-Dhaka Cantt Maitree Express - the only international train between India and Bangladesh
  • Kolkata-Ajamgarh Weekly Express

Facilities[edit]

There are waiting rooms and retiring rooms for use by passengers awaiting connecting trains. In addition there is a taxi stand and a bus station outside the station. There are buses of different routes available from the said bus station. The bus routes are :

Private Buses[edit]

  • 257 Kolkata Railway StationJulpia via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Maniktala, Rajabazar, Sealdah, Moulali, Esplanade, Rabindra Sadan, Bhawanipore, Hazra, Rasbehari, Tollygunge Phari, Tollygunge Metro, Karunamayee, Haridebpur, Ramnagar, lalpool, Sajneberia, Kalitala, Gobrachalk, Nepalgunje, Banspara, Raghabpur, Pankua, Mallik para, Prasadpur (currently running up to Rajabazar)
  • KB20 Salap More - Kolkata Railway Station via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Maniktala, Rajabazar, Sealdah, Moulali, Rabindra Sadan, P.T.S., Vidyasagar Setu, Carry Road, Belepole, Santragachi
  • K1 Kolkata Railway StationNew Town via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, PNB More, CA Market, City Centre, Bikash Bhawan, Karunamayee, Tank No.10, Nicco Park, SDF, College More, Technopolis, DLF More, Newtown, Narkelbagan, Tata Medical, Unitech
  • 007 Kolkata Railway StationGaria Bus Stand via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, Mani Square, Chingrighata, Science City, VIP Bazar, Ruby Hospital, Kalikapur, Mukundapur, Ajoynagar, Hiland Park, Patuli, Baishnabghata
  • JM2 Kolkata Railway StationMalancha via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, E.M. Bypass, Chingrighata, Science City, Ruby Hospital, Kalikapur, Mukundapur, Ajoynagar, Patuli, Dhalai Bridge, Fartabad, Kamalgazi, Narendrapur, Rajpur, Harinavi, Harharitala, Atlas Pump, Subhasgram Station Rail Gate

Mini Bus[edit]

STA Bus Routes[edit]

  • BasirhatKolkata Railway Station via Murarisha Chowmatha, Bhebia, Chaital Bridge, Malancha, Minakhan, Ghatakpukur, Bhojherhat, Leather Complex, Bamanghata, Bantala, Chowbagha, Science City, Topsia, Bridge No.4, Park Circus, Chittaranjan Hospital, CIT Road, Moulali, Sealdah, Rajabazar, Maniktala, Khanna, Shyambazar, R.G. Kar Hospital

Bus Routes without Numbers[edit]

  • New Garia Station – Kolkata Railway Station via Garia Station, 206 Bus Stand, Panchasayar, Peerless Hospital, Hiland Park, Ajoynagar, Mukundapur, Kalikapur, Ruby Hospital, Science City, Chingrighata, Nicco Park, SDF, College More, Tank No.10, Karunamayee, Tank No.9, Bikash Bhawan, Purta Bhawan, City Centre, CA Market, PNB More, Ultadanga, Khanna, Shyambazar, R.G. Kar Hospital (currently running up to Karunamayee)
  • ChaklaKolkata Railway Station via Bira, Duttapukur, Bamungachi, Kazipara, Barasat Champadali, Dakbungalow More, Madhyamgram Chowmatha, Doltala, B.T. College, Gouripur, Birati, Airport, Gorabazar, Dum Dum Cantonment, Nagerbazar, Satgachi, Bangur, Lake Town, Kalindi, Duttabagan, Belgachia, R.G. Kar Hospital
  • Kolkata Railway StationBaidyabati Station via Shyambazar, Tala, Chiria More, Sinthee More, Bonhoogly, Dunlop, Alam Bazar, Dakshineshwar, Bally Ghat, Bally Halt, Rajchandrapur, Kalitala, Delhi Road, Hazra Para, Maity Para, Dankuni Housing Estate, Mother Dairy, Pardankuni, Bhadrakali, Mother Dairy, Belur More, Shramajibi More
  • Kolkata Railway StationBagnan via Shyambazar, Chiria More, Sinthee More, Bonhoogly, Dunlop, Dakshineshwar, Bally Halt, Rajchandrapur, Kona, Salap, Ankurhati, Alampur, Dhulagarh, Ranihati, Panchla, Uluberia, Birshibpur, Kulgachia

WBSTC Franchisee Bus Routes[edit]

  • Kolkata Railway StationSonarpur Station via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, E.M. Bypass, Chingrighata, Science City, Ruby Hospital, Kalikapur, Mukundapur, Ajoynagar, Hiland Park, Patuli, Baishnabghata, Garia Bus Stand, Sitala Mandir, Mahamayatala, Pratapgarh, Kamalgazi, Karbala, Shimultala, Teghoria, Mission Pally, Sahebpara, Kamrabad

CSTC Bus Routes[edit]

  • AC3 Kolkata Railway StationUnitech (AC Bus) via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, PNB More, CA Market, City Centre, Bikash Bhawan, Karunamayee, Tank No.10, College More, Technopolis, DLF More, New Town, Narkelbagan
  • S45 Shakuntala ParkKolkata Railway Station via Bakultala, Behala Chowrasta, Behala Tram Depot, Majherhat, Mominpore, Alipore Zoo, P.T.S., P.G. Hospital, Rabindra Sadan, Esplanade, Moulali, Sealdah, Rajabazar, Maniktala, Khanna, Shyambazar, R.G. Kar Hospital
  • S53 Kolkata Railway StationNew Town via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, PNB More, City Centre, Bikash Bhawan, Karunamayee, Nicco Park, SDF, College More, Technopolis, Mahisbathan, DLF More, Narkelbagan, Unitech
  • S91B Kolkata Railway StationRajarhat via R.G. Kar Hospital, Shyambazar, Khanna, Ultadanga, VIP Road, Kestopur, Baguihati, Kaikhali, Dashadrone, Salua, Gopalpur, Kalipark, Tetultala, Narayanpur, Reckjuani, Naipukur Kathgola, Rajarhat Chowmatha

If you reach near RG Kar Medical College and Hopital,which is only 8 to 10 minutes' walk, you get myriads of buses plying on different routes. Sometimes autos are also available near Kokata Station. Chitpur station has following features 1. 3DD lines with platform. 2. Balance station building and circulating area. 3. Parcel complex, RRI building. 4. Over head tank, water and effluent treatment plant 5. Coaching and ROH depot. 6. 3 Washing Pit lines

The nearest tram depot is Belgachhia and the nearest tram track is at Radha Gobinda Kar Road for tram routes 1, 2, 4 and 11. The nearest metro station is also at Belgachhia.

Criticism[edit]

As a newer railway station, this station is not well served by public transport. Only two or three of the West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation's bus routes serve the station directly. Other buses and trams run through Radha Gobinda Kar Road, which is 1 km away from the station. The nearest metro station is 2 km away.

There is a plan to transfer the long distance bus terminus of Shyambazar from the other side of the canal to the front of the station, but nothing has yet materialized. However, there is a bus service from Kolkata station up to Sonarpur station which plies via Shyambazar, Ultadanga, Em bypass, Ajoynagar and Garia up to Sonarpur. Travel takes 1hr30mins from Sonarpur station to Kolkata station. One can also take an auto-rickshaw from Ultadanga to Kolkata station.

References[edit]

Preceding station   Indian Railway   Following station
Eastern Railway zone


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