South East Central Railway zone
|South East Central Railway|
14-South East Central Railway
|Dates of operation||2003–|
|Predecessor||South Eastern Railway|
|Headquarters||Bilaspur Railway Station|
|Website||SECR official website|
The South East Central Railway is one of the seventeen railway zones in India. It is headquartered at Bilaspur and comprises Nagpur division, reorganized Bilaspur division of South Eastern Railway and new Raipur division.
It is the highest revenue generating railway zone in India among 17 zones.
This zone was the part of South Eastern Railway. This zone was inaugurated on 20 September 1998 and dedicated to nation on 5 April 2003.
Bilaspur railway station is a regional hub for the railway system. It is the busiest junction of Chhattisgarh and fourth busiest of Central India. Daily connections are available for Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Amritsar, Agra, Roorkee, Haridwar, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Tatanagar, Patna, Jabalpur, Raipur, Varanasi etc.It is also connected by direct trains to Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Ernakulam, Tirupati, Tirunelveli, Bangalore, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Okha, Porbandar, Dhanbad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Gorakhpur, Shirdi, Udaipur, Bikaner Jammu, Jodhpur, Guwahati, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ranchi, and many other cities and towns in India.
The major stations are Nagpur(NGP),Gondia(G), Dongergarh(DGG), Rajnandgaon(RJN),DURG(DURG), Bhilai(BIA), Raipur(R), Bhatapara(BYT), Tilda(TLD), Bilaspur(BSP), Gevra road (GAD), Raigarh(RIG), Anuppur(APR) which all lie on the Mumbai-Howrah, Mumbai - Katni-Vishakhapatnam main line. Nagpur, Bilaspur, Durg and Raipur are the major Junctions of SECR. By 2009 SECR completed a third rail line between Durg and Bilaspur.
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