Daund Junction railway station
|Express train and Passenger train station|
|Location||Railway Hospital Road, New Daund, Maharashtra, India|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
Mumbai Dadar-Solapur section
Daund - Manmad branch line
|Division(s)||Solapur , Pune|
|Fare zone||Central Railway zone|
Daund Junction railway station is a major railway station on the Mumbai-Pune-Wadi route of Indian Railways located in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Northbound trains from Pune towards Ahmednagar and Manmad pass through this station. Daund is a major stop for passenger trains and is a major freight redistribution hub. The short-distance railway track to Baramati starts from Daund junction.
Daund railway station has refreshment stalls serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, retiring room, waiting room and a book stall.
Trains from Pune going towards Ahmednagar and Manmad stop at Daund railway station and then reverse the direction to proceed to Ahmednagar. The railway engine has to be detached from one end and attached at the other end. This takes minimum 15 minutes at the station and the total time taken is almost half an hour. Engines for about 40 trains have to be detached and re-attached every day. Many fast trains such as Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express have only technical halt at Daund to change direction. These trains can save more than one hour by bypassing Daund and going directly from Pune towards Ahmednagar and Manmad.
A bypass track or chord line starting just before Daund railway station and after Patas railway station and joining the track towards Ahmednagar has been proposed at estimated cost of Rs.30 crore. This 1.5 km long chord will save considerable time and fuel as trains can go towards Ahmednagar without going to Daund station. The work was included in the annual budget of 2017-18 and a small token amount was allocated for this work in the budget. However, no visible progress has been made until April 2018. Land for the chord line with an additional platform on it has not been acquired by the Pune civil administration. It is not known whether the process of acquisition of land has been started at all.[needs update]
Pune-Daund suburban trains
Many persons daily commute from Daund to Pune city for work. Four DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Units) shuttle trains operate between Pune and Daund. Short and long-distance trains such as Pune-Baramati shuttle, Pune-Manmad passenger, Pune-Nizamabad passenger and two shuttle trains between Pune and Solapur are useful for people to commute to Pune City.
The track was electrified in October 2016. Electric suburban trains (EMU) have been proposed on electrified Pune-Daund section similar to Lonavla-Pune electric suburban trains. However suburban electrified trains have not started operating on this section as of April 2018.
- "Pune Railway Police". www.punerailwaypolice.org. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
- 'Strengthen Lonavla-Daund rail corridor'
- Pune-Daund railway route electrification picks up steam
- Indian Railway Route Map
- Daund Junction railway station at the India Rail Info