Ahmedabad Junction railway station

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Ahmedabad Junction
Express train and Passenger train station
Ahmedabad Junction railway station - Main Entrance.jpg
LocationKalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
India
Coordinates23°01′31″N 72°36′04″E / 23.025175°N 72.600975°E / 23.025175; 72.600975Coordinates: 23°01′31″N 72°36′04″E / 23.025175°N 72.600975°E / 23.025175; 72.600975
Elevation52.500 metres (172.24 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byWestern Railway zone
Line(s)Ahmedabad-Mumbai Main Line
Ahmedabad-Botad Meter Gauge line
Ahmedabad-Mehsana Meter gauge
Ahmedabad-Gandhidham main line
Jaipur-Ahmedabad line
Ahmedabad-Udaipur Meter Gauge Line
Platforms12
Tracks16
ConnectionsBRTS, AMTS bus stop, taxicab stand, auto rickshaw stand
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on ground station)
ParkingYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusFunctioning (WiFi enabled)
Station codeADI[1]
Zone(s) Western Railway zone
Division(s) Ahmedabad
ElectrifiedYes
Location
Ahmedabad Junction railway station is located in India
Ahmedabad Junction railway station
Ahmedabad Junction railway station
Location within India
Ahmedabad Junction railway station is located in Gujarat
Ahmedabad Junction railway station
Ahmedabad Junction railway station
Ahmedabad Junction railway station (Gujarat)

Ahmedabad Junction railway station is the main railway station of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It is also the biggest railway station within Gujarat. It is the second-highest income generating division in Western Railways after the Mumbai Division.

History[edit]

Before the partition of India, the Sindh Mail used to travel to Hyderabad, Sindh via the HyderabadMirpur KhasKhokhraparMunabaoBarmerLuniJodhpurPaliMarwarPalanpur – Ahmedabad route. It was constructed by Gokuldas Contractor and Associates.[2][3][4]

1866 engraving of two minarets now adjacent to the station

On the north side of the station are the two tallest minarets in Ahmedabad, the only remnant of Sidi Bashir Mosque.

Background[edit]

Ahmedabad Junction is the primary station of rail transport for the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India and an important center of the Western Railways zone of the Indian Railways. Locally, people refer to it as Kalupur Station (as it is situated in the Kalupur area of the walled city) to distinguish it from other stations in the city like Gandhigram, Asarva, Sarkhej, Vastrapur, Chandlodia,Vatva, Maninagar and Sabarmati Junction. It serves trains that connect Ahmedabad to different parts of Gujarat, as well as major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Ajmer, Dhanbad, Daltonganj, Gwalior, Jaipur, Indore and Howrah

Infrastructure[edit]

The station has 12 platforms. There are an ample numbers of tea stalls, snack bars, medical shops, and enquiry desks. The station also has one cybercafe which is run by Tata Indicom and is currently equipped with Wi-Fi by Google Station and RailTel. The station is undergoing large-scale automation to make it a technologically advanced station, and new ATM outlets from ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Union Bank of India, Dena Bank, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India, and other major banks have been installed. RailTel plans to open a cyber cafe in Ahmedabad Station.

Facilities[edit]

Ahmedabad Railway station has launched hand-push luggage trolley services at Ahmedabad railway station. Such trolleys are always available at airports, but for railway stations, it is a new initiative. The Railways will initially charge Rs 5 per luggage trolley from commuters. As of now, the service is available only for Platform no.1, but after new elevators and escalators become functional by the end of this year, the trolley service will be introduced at all platforms of Ahmedabad railway station.

According to the Divisional Railway Manager of Ahmedabad, Shri Ashok Garud, the initiative has been taken following a guideline from the Western Railway Headquarters. The facility would be launched in Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara railway stations too in the future.

Also launched in May 2010 was a golf car service for senior citizens and physically challenged persons.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indian railway codes". Indian Railways. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ Murray, John (1949). Hearn, Sir Gordon Risley (ed.). A handbook for Travellers in India and Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon: Including the Portuguese and French Possessions and the Indian States. p. 211 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Gandhi, Mahatma (1929). Young India. Vol. 11. Navajivan Publishing House. p. 50 – via Google Books; University of Virginia.
  4. ^ "Indian Railways FAQ: Geography : International". irfca.org. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  5. ^ Luggage trolley,golf car services launched at Ahmedabad railway station