Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station

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Vyasarpadi Jeeva
வியாசர்பாடி ஜீவா
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
VysarpadiStation View3.jpg
Eastern end of Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station
Station statistics
Address Vyasarpadi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 13°6′32″N 80°15′27″E / 13.10889°N 80.25750°E / 13.10889; 80.25750Coordinates: 13°6′32″N 80°15′27″E / 13.10889°N 80.25750°E / 13.10889; 80.25750
Line(s) West, West North and West South lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Platforms 2 (Island platform)
Tracks 4
Parking Available
Baggage check Not Available
Other information
Electrified 29 November 1979[1]
Station code VJM
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Fare zone Southern Railways
Formerly South Indian Railway

Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station is one of the railway station of the Chennai Central–Arakkonam section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhood of Vyasarpadi. It is located 4 km to the northwest of Chennai Central railway station and 4 km to the west of Chennai Beach railway station. The station lies at the western end of the 'diamond' junction of Chennai's railway network, where all the lines of the Chennai Suburban Railway meet. It has an elevation of 5 m above sea level.

The station is one of the oldest stations in South India.[citation needed] The first train to Arcot started from this station. The old ruins still remain 200 m away from the current station as a cabin room. This place acts as the junction and four rail routes branch from here. The southern line goes to Chennai Central. The eastern line goes to Chennai Beach. The northern line goes to Korukupet further proceeding to Gudur. The western line goes to Perambur further proceeding to Arakkonam. The christening of this station is unique since Vyasarpadi is the name of the place and Jeeva is the name of veteran socialist leader Jeevanandam. It is in memory of his presence in Vyasarpadi, the station is named as 'Jeeva'.[citation needed]

History[edit]

A view of the island platform at the station
The subway at Vyasarpadi railway station
A view of the station towards west

The lines at the station were electrified on 29 November 1979, with the electrification of the Chennai Central–Tiruvallur section. Additional line between Basin bridge and Vyasarpadi was electrified on 31 December 1985 and the doubling of track between Vyasarpadi and Korukkupet was electrified on 27 February 1986.[1]

Facilities[edit]

Vyasarpadi cabin, located at the eastern side of the station

Vyasarpadi Cabin is a control cabin located between Basin Bridge and Vyasarpadi Jeeva. Its function is to control the Vyasarpadi Jeeva station and railway lines connected to it.[citation needed]

The station is served by both a footbridge and a subway.

Incidents[edit]

On 29 April 2009, a suburban EMU train from Chennai Central's Moore Market Suburban terminal, hijacked by an unidentified man, rammed with a stationary goods train at the Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway station, killing four passengers and injuring 11 others. A major portion of the platform at the station, foot over-bridge and railway track were damaged due to the impact of the collision.[2] The train which was to start at 5:15 am started at 4:50 am.[3] The speed of the EMU train at the time of the collision was 92 kmph. There were about 35 passengers on board the train at the time of the accident.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ Vijaya Kumar, S.; S. Vydhianathan (30 April 2009). "Hijack leads to train collision, 4 die". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 22 Sep 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bizarre Rail Accident in Chennai Kills 4". Outlook India (Chennai: OutlookIndia.com). 29 April 2009. Retrieved 22 Sep 2012. 
  4. ^ "7 killed in train accident in Tamil Nadu". India Today (Chennai: IndiaToday.in). 29 April 2009. Retrieved 22 Sep 2012.