Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station

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Thiruvananthapuram Central

Indian Railway Station
Central Station
Tvmcentral.jpg
Thiruvananthapuram Central Station main building.
Station statistics
Address Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
 India
Coordinates 8°29′15″N 76°57′07″E / 8.4874°N 76.952°E / 8.4874; 76.952Coordinates: 8°29′15″N 76°57′07″E / 8.4874°N 76.952°E / 8.4874; 76.952
Elevation 6.74 metres (22.1 ft)
Line(s) ThiruvananthapuramKollam - Kayamkulam, ThiruvananthapuramKanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram-Punalur-Erumeli via Nemom, Nedumangad
Connections Taxi Stand,Pre paid Auto service, Trivandrum Central bus station of the KSRTC
Structure type Standard (on ground station)
Platforms 12
Tracks 15
Parking Available
Baggage check X-Ray detection machine installed
Other information
Opened 4 November 1931
Electrified Yes
Station code TVC
Zone(s) Southern Railway
Division(s) Thiruvananthapuram Railway division
Station status Functioning
Traffic
Passengers () 200,000 per day

Thiruvananthapuram Central (Trivandrum Central) is the main railway station in the city of Thiruvananthapuram (formerly Trivandrum) in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest railway station in Kerala in terms of passenger movement and an important rail hub in Southern Railway.[1] It is one of profitable stations under Southern Railway. The building of the railway station is one of the landmarks of Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram Central is also a terminating point for the proposed Chennai - Bangalore - Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor and the proposed Thiruvananthapuram - Mangalore High Speed Rail corridor. The railway station is located opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram at Thampanoor.

Trains from here connect the city of Thiruvananthapuram to major cities of India. This station is also noted for a whole range of amenities available within the premises. The station has book-shops, restaurants, accommodation, Internet browsing centers and even an essential commodities shopping mall. A second satellite station was opened in 2005 at Kochuveli called the Kochuveli Railway Station, near the International Airport. Thiruvananthapuram is the first major city from south along the longest train routes in India, the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Dibrugarh Vivek Express route and the Kanyakumari-Thiruvananthapuram-Jammu Tawi Himsagar Express route. A second terminal (south Terminal) was opened in 2004 to handle passenger traffic and later a West Terminal in 2007. To reduce traffic, the Central Railway Station has 18 railway tracks.

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Stations southwards from Thiruvananthapuram Central
Kochuveli
Pettah
TVC
Nemam
Balaramapuram
Neyyattinkara
Amaravila H.
Dhanuvachapuram H.
Parassala
State Border
Kulitthurai West H.
Kulitthurai
Palliyadi H.
Eraniel
Virani Alur H.
Nagercoil Town
Nagercoil Junction
Suchindram
Agastiswaram
Tanarakulam
Kanniyakumari

History[edit]

Thiruvananthapuram station
Interior of the station
Trains in Thiruvananthapuram Central Station
Train care centre
Shunting Yard of Thiruvananthapuram Central

The Madras-Quilon line was extended to the capital of the Princely State of Travancore, Trivandrum and was opened on 4 January 1918. The line then terminated at Chakka, which was the trading centre of Trivandrum then.M.E. Watts, Dewan of the erstwhile Travancore, took the initiative to extend the railway line to the heart of the city. The terminus was shifted to current location Trivandrum Central Thampanoor on 1931. The Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was built during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore, and inaugurated on 4 November 1931. No bricks were used for the construction of this station building; it was built completely with rock masonry.[3] Thiruvananthapuram was a branch line station but the Maharani built it at par with the counterparts in the major cities of India.The station was built to handle two departures per day in 1931 and had only one platform in the beginning.


Layout[edit]

This station has 12 platforms to handle long and short distance trains and a proposal to build more platforms in pipeline.[4] The Trivandrum railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and eastern entrance is on Power House road.The train care centre functions adjacent to eastern side entrance.Nemom and Kochuveli Railway stations are announced in railway budget as satellite terminals to Thiruvananthapuram Central. Kochuveli satellite terminal has started functioning with trains originating from here.

Facilities[edit]

Thiruvananthapuram Central is well equipped with modern security gadgets, and is the first station in the state to install video surveillance. The Networked electronic surveillance system is installed in this Central Station by Railway Protection Force (RPF) for improving the security and for monitoring the movement of passengers arriving at the station.[5]

  • Computerised Reservation Ticket Center
  • Computerised Unreserved Ticket Center
  • AC & Non AC Passenger Waiting Center
  • Cloak Room
  • Escalators
  • Rest Room
  • Restaurants
  • Pre Paid Parking Facility
  • Pre Paid Auto
  • X Ray Luggage Scanner
  • Parcel Booking Office
  • Foot over bridge
  • Public Addressing System
  • Medical Shop
  • Book Stall
  • Railway Enquiry
  • ATM
  • Automatic Ticket Vending Machine
  • elavators
  • subway

The station handles over 200,000 passengers daily.[6]

Thiruvananthapuram Central at a glance[edit]

Express Trains from Thiruvananthapuram Central

Some of the major trains originating from the station.[7][8]

No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 16723/16724 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Egmore Ananthapuri Express
2. 12623/12624 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Trivandrum Mail
3. 12695/12696 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Express
4. 12697/12698 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Chennai Superfast Weekly Express
5. 22207/22208 Thiruvananthapuram Central Chennai Central Thiruvananthapuram - Chennai AC Superfast Express
6. 16331/16332 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai Express
7. 16345/16346 Thiruvananthapuram Central Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Netravati Express
8. 12625/12626 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Kerala Express
9. 12431/12432 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Thiruvananthapuram-Rajdhani Express
10. 12643/12644 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hazrat Nizamuddin Swarnajayanthi Express
11. 16323/16324 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shalimar Shalimar Express
12. 16325/16326 Thiruvananthapuram Central Indore Junction via Chennai Central Ahilyanagari Express
13. 16327/16328 Thiruvananthapuram Central Korba via Chennai Central Korba Express
14. 16333/16334 Thiruvananthapuram Central Veraval Veraval Express
15. 12515/12516 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Guwahati Express
16. 12507/12508 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guwahati via Chennai Central Trivandrum-Guwahati SuperFast Express
17. 16347/16348 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Mangalore Express
18. 16603/16605 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Maveli Express
19. 16629/16630 Thiruvananthapuram Central Mangalore Central Malabar Express
20. 17229/17230 Thiruvananthapuram Central Hyderabad Deccan Sabari Express
21. 12511/12512 Thiruvananthapuram Central Gorakhpur Junction via Chennai Central Raptisagar Express
22. 12075/12076 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kozhikode Calicut Jan Shatabdi Express
23. 12081/12082 Thiruvananthapuram Central Kannur Kannur Jan Shatabdi Express
24. 16301/16302 Thiruvananthapuram Central Shornur Junction Venad Express
25. 16303/16304 Thiruvananthapuram Central Ernakulam Junction Vanchinad Express
26. 16341/16342 Thiruvananthapuram Central Guruvayur Intercity Express
27 16343/16344 Thiruvananthapuram Central Palakkad Town Amritha Express
28. 16349/16350 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nilambur Road Rajya Rani Express
29. 22633/34 Thiruvananthapuram Central New Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Road Thiruvananthapuram Nizamuddin Superfast Express
Passenger Trains starting from Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56313 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
2. 56311 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
3. 56315 Thiruvananthapuram Central Nagercoil
Express Trains Passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination Train Name
1. 16605/16606 Nagercoil Mangalore Ernad Express
2. 12659/12660 Nagercoil Shalimar Gurudev Express
3. 16335/16336 Nagercoil Gandhidham Nagercoil Gandhidham Express
4. 16381/16382 Kanyakumari Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus Jayanthi Janatha Express
5. 16525/16526 Kanyakumari Bangalore Island Express
6. 16317/16318 Kanyakumari Jammutawi Himsagar Express
7. 19577/19578 Tirunelveli Happa Happa Superfast Express
8. 22619/22620 Tirunelveli Bilaspur Bilaspur Superfast Express
9. 15905/15906 Kanyakumari Dibrugarh Dibrugarh - Kanyakumari Vivek Express *
10. 16127/16128 Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Guruvayur Chennai Egmore Express
11. 16649/16650 Nagercoil Mangalore Central Parasuram Express
Passenger Trains passing through Thiruvananthapuram Central
No. Train No: Origin Destination
1. 56701 Punalur Madurai
2. 66305 Kanyakumari Kollam
3. 56317 Kochuveli Nagercoil
4. 56701 Madurai Punalur
5. 56304 Nagercoil Kottayam
6. 56318 Nagercoil Kochuveli

Future expansion plans[edit]

It was announced in railway budget to convert Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station into world-class standards. The foundation stone for expansion and modernisation of station was laid by Former Union Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad in December 2006. Tenders have been invited for carrying out feasibility studies for this proposed project. More than Rs.100 crores is needed for first phase of this project.[9]

A new complex of railway station will be built with a built-up area of 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2). All modern facilities including an office and commercial complex is planned here. The proposal to set up a passenger terminal at Nemom is announced in rail budget and yet to begin work. It is estimated that only a consortium would be able to take up expansion project of Thiruvananthapuram Central, since the project is a massive one.[10]

Feasibility study for Chennai Bangalore Thiruvananthapuram High speed rail corridor ongoing and is being planned along with other few corridors in country.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Thiruvananthapuram Central to be made a world-class station". The Hindu. 2007-03-07. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Revised parking rates at railway stations come into effect". The New Indian Express (Thiruvananthapuram: Express Publications). 2 July 2012. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012. 
  3. ^ Quilon – Thiruvananthapuram Central Metre Gauge Line. Irfca.org. Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  4. ^ Platform Berthing at TVC-Train Running Information
  5. ^ Video surveillance system at Central. Hindu.com (2006-08-24). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  6. ^ More passenger facilities at Thiruvananthapuram Central. Hindu businessline News 15 January 2007
  7. ^ "Train Schedule". Centre For Railway Information Systems. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Station train timings". © 2010 Indian Railways. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Rs.100 crores for modernization. Hinduonnet.com (2006-11-08). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.
  10. ^ Trivandrum Central to be made a world-class station. Hindu.com (2007-03-07). Retrieved on 2011-11-10.

References[edit]

  1. Trivadrum Central Railway Station

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