Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station

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Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station
Indian Railway Station
Delhi Sarai Rohilla - entrance.jpg
Station statistics
Address New Rohtak Road, New Delhi
 India
Coordinates 28°39′47″N 77°11′11″E / 28.66306°N 77.18639°E / 28.66306; 77.18639Coordinates: 28°39′47″N 77°11′11″E / 28.66306°N 77.18639°E / 28.66306; 77.18639
Elevation 220.950 metres (724.90 ft)
Line(s) Delhi-Fazilka line
Delhi-Jaipur line
Platforms 7
Tracks 2
Routes Delhi, Garhi Harsaru, Rewari, Rohtak, Sonipat
Parking Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Opened 1873
Rebuilt 2013
Electrified Yes
Station code DEE
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Delhi Division
Owned by Indian Railways
Operator Indian Railways
Station status Functional
Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway routes
Towards East and North (Ghaziabad)
4 km Old Delhi Railway Junction
0 Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station
1 km Dayabasti
To Shakurbasti and Azadpur (Towards North)
3 km Patel Nagar
4 km Kirti Nagar
To Naraina and Delhi Safdarjung (Towards South)
10 km Delhi Cantt.
13 km Palam
20 km Bijwasan
Delhi-Haryana border
27 km Gurgaon
37 km Garhi Harsaru (Inland Container Depot)
56 km Pataudi
78 km Rewari railway junction
Towards West and South-West
Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Delhi
Track gauge 1676 mm
Length 4 km
Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Dayabasti-Shakurbasti-Rohtak
Track gauge 1676 mm
Length 66 km
Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Dayabasti-Narela-Sonipat-Panipat
Track gauge 1676 mm
Length 89 km
Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Delhi Cantt.-Rewari
Track gauge 1676 mm
Length 78 km
Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Delhi Safdarjung-Okhla-Tuglakabad
Track gauge 1676 mm
Length 30 km

Delhi Sarai Rohilla (Hindi: सराय रोहिल्ला) railway station, officially known as Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station, is situated about 4 km from old Delhi railway junction in India. Its station code is DEE. It is managed by Delhi Division of Northern Railway zone. Many trains from Delhi to Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat stop at this station. More than twenty trains including Duronto and AC trains originate at this station.

Etymology[edit]

Sarai means an or roadside inn or resting place for travellers. The station is named after the medieval village it was located in. The village itself was named after a sarai, named after Ruhullah Khan, a noble in the Mughal court. Once it was sarai on the busy road to Delhi and pilgrimage town of Ajmer. He was one of the three sons of Khalil Ullah Khan, the Governor of Delhi province during reign of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, and also a distant relative of Empress Mumtaz Mahal.Over time, this name has been corrupted to Rohilla after Rohillas who ruled a region called Rohilkhand around Bareilly and Rampur northeast of Delhi during the Mughal era. [1]

History[edit]

Start[edit]

Sarai Rohilla station was established in 1872 when the metre gauge railway line from Delhi to Jaipur and Ajmer was being laid. It was a small station just outside Delhi as Delhi was confined to walled city then. All the metre gauge trains starting from (and terminating at) Delhi (station code DLI) to Rewari, Rajasthan and Gujarat passed through this station. The track from Delhi to Sarai Rohilla was double. The single track from Sarai Rohilla to Rewari was doubled up to Rewari from where single tracks diverged in five directions.

Delhi Sarai Rohilla - stationboard
Delhi Sarai Rohilla - platformboard

Gauge conversion[edit]

Conversion of metre gauge to 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge under Project Unigauge started in 1991. The Delhi-Rewari railway line had double metre gauge tracks and one of the tracks was converted to broad gauge in December 1994 as a part of conversion of Ajmer-Delhi line.[2] Within a few years, both the tracks from Sarai Rohilla to Delhi railway station were converted to broad gauge and all metre gauge trains stopped operating from Delhi station. As a result of this, all the metre gauge trains terminated and started from Sarai Rohilla which became a railway terminus.

By September 2006, the second metre gauge track from Sarai Rohilla to Rewari was also converted to broad gauge and all metre gauge trains stopped operating between Rewari and Sarai Rohilla (though the converted track was "officially" dedicated to the nation by politicians only in October 2007).[3][4]

Originating railway station[edit]

Sarai Rohilla railway station has been developed as a terminus. Many trains originating from Delhi city towards Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai now start from Sarai Rohilla railway station and end there. It has a ticket reservation centre, three washing lines for train rakes and five platforms. Two platforms of adjacent Vivekanandpuri railway halt are connected to Sarai Rohilla railway station by a common foot overbridge.

Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin are two more railway termini in Delhi city from where trains originate.

Trains[edit]

Earlier all the trains from Sarai Rohilla to Delhi used to terminate at Delhi railway station as the metre gauge tracks ended there. Now the tracks are broad gauge and therefore many trains from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat going north or east of Delhi pass through Sarai Rohilla and continue beyond Old Delhi station.

The station is mainly served by the North Western and North Central Railways trains. Some of the train connections are:

Originating trains:

  1. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Udhampur AC Superfast Express 22401
  2. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Udhampur express 04043
  3. Yeshvantapur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Duronto Express non-stop via Jhansi Junction, Nagpur, Secunderabad 12213/14
  4. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Jammu Tawi Duronto Express non-stop via Ambala 12265
  5. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Bandra Terminus Garib Rath Express 12215
  6. Jaipur Delhi Sarai Rohilla AC Double Decker Express 12986
  7. Bandra Terminus Delhi Sarai Rohilla Express 19030
  8. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Chhindwara via Mathura, Jhansi, Bhopal Patalkot Express 14010
  9. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Dehradun (Mussoorie Express) 14041
  10. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Kotdwar (Mussoorie Express) 14041-slip / 24041
  11. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Kalka (Himalyan Queen Express) 14095
  12. Delhi Sarai Rohilla Sri Ganganagar Superfast Express 12455
  13. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Jodhpur Express 22482
  14. Bikaner Delhi Sarai Rohilla Intercity Express 22472
  15. Bikaner Delhi Sarai Rohilla Superfast Express 12457
  16. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Jodhpur (Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express) 12463
  17. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Bikaner (Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express) 12463-slip
  18. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Udaipur (Chetak Express) 12981
  19. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Jaisalmer Express 14659
  20. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Barmer Express 14659-slip
  21. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Porbandar Express 19264
  22. Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Sadulpur Express 14705

A number of slow passenger trains also operate from Delhi Sarai Rohilla railway station.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nivedita Khandekar (July 28, 2013). "An inn lost in the march of time". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  2. ^ IRFCA] Indian Railways FAQ: IR History: Part 5 Ajmer-Delhi MG railway line converted to BG
  3. ^ Press Information Bureau English Releases
  4. ^ "Delhi-Haryana rail link gets better". The Hindu. 8 October 2007. 

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