New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station

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New Jalpaiguri
Express train and Passenger train station
New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP).jpg
Night view of New Jalpaiguri Junction
LocationNew Jalpaiguri Road, Bhaktinagar, Siliguri-734004, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal
India
Coordinates26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389Coordinates: 26°40′57″N 88°26′38″E / 26.68250°N 88.44389°E / 26.68250; 88.44389
Elevation114.00 metres (374.02 ft)
Owned byIndian Railway
Operated byNortheast Frontier Railway zone
Line(s)Darjeeling Himalayan Railway,
Howrah–New Jalpaiguri line,
Haldibari-New Jalpaiguri line,
New Jalpaiguri–Alipurduar–Samuktala Road line
Barauni-Guwahati line
Platforms8
ConnectionsAuto Rickshaw, E - Rikshaw, Bus, Taxi, Cabs
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on ground station)
ParkingAvailable
Bicycle facilitiesAvailable
Disabled accessHandicapped/disabled access[1]
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeNJP
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Division(s) Katihar
History
Opened1960; 60 years ago (1960)[2]
ClosedN/A
ElectrifiedYes[3](From 2020)
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railway   Following station
Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Location
Siliguri is located in West Bengal
Siliguri
Siliguri
Location in West Bengal
Siliguri is located in India
Siliguri
Siliguri
Location in India

New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station (Station code NJP)[4]established in 1960[5], is an A1 category[6] broad gauge and narrow gauge railway station under Katihar railway division of Northeast Frontier Railway zone. It is the largest as well as the busiest railway junction of Northeast India. This Junction is among the three railway stations which serves the city of Siliguri, the largest metropolis of the North Bengal. The other two stations are- Siliguri Junction and Siliguri Town. New Jalpaiguri junction ranked 10th cleanest railway station in India in 2016 survey[7] and came among the top 100 booking stations of Indian railway.[8]. New Jalpaiguri, as a railway station serves as the entry point to Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the seven northeastern states (Assam, Arunachal pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya). New Jalpaiguri Junction acts as a connecting base for the Northeastern states to the Indian mainland.

History[edit]

Model train in front of NJP station.
Electrified NJP station.

The partition of India in 1947 completely disrupted communication links in North Bengal and Assam with the southern parts of West Bengal. Earlier, the links were through the eastern part of Bengal, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947. Siliguri gained in importance as the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Assam.[9]

Around 1949, Siliguri Junction station, a new station north of the old Siliguri Town railway station, came up with several metre gauge lines converging on it. In addition there was the narrow gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway running from Siliguri Town station to Darjeeling via Siliguri Junction. The Assam Rail Link Project, completed in 1950, linked the railways in Assam, with a metre gauge line to Kishanganj. The line running across North Bengal, spanned the Teesta, Torsha, and Sankosh rivers.[9][10]

In the early 1960s, Indian Railways started changing over from metre gauge to broad gauge and built a new 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge station south of Siliguri Town station. Since the new station was located in Jalpaiguri district, it was named New Jalpaiguri. By 1964, New Jalpaiguri became the most important railway station in the area. It had both broad gauge (to Kishanganj and Barsoi, and to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) and metre gauge (to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction) tracks. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway narrow gauge track was extended from Siliguri town station to the New Jaipaiguri station.[9] The metre gauge track from New Jaipaiguri to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction was later converted to broad gauge.

Amenities[edit]

Escalator installed in NJP station.
NJP station beautified by vertical garden.

New Jalpaiguri railway station has two double-bedded air-conditioned (AC) retiring rooms, six double-bedded non-AC retiring rooms, one three-bedded dormitory and one twelve-bedded dormitory. Free High speed wifi RailWire is available at this station. [11] It has IRCTC and other private restaurants.

Services[edit]

New Jalpaiguri Jn, which is commonly called as NJP is the largest as well as busiest railway junction of North East Frontier Zone, which serves as the lifeline of the Northeastern states . NJP acts as a connecting base for the Northeastern states to the Indian mainland. NJP is the railway station of the largest city of North Bengal (Siliguri), which is popularly referred as the gateway of northeast India. New Jalpaiguri railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[12]

New Jalpaiguri is connected to almost all parts of the country (except Goa, Pune, Haridwar and Surat) and has been ranked 10th in the Cleanest Railway Stations of India recently. It has a good connection to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati and there are many other trains to different parts of India. New Jalpaiguri is the Busiest station in North Bengal and the Northeast Frontier Railway Zone. Four Rajdhani Express and one Shatabdi Express (New Jalpaiguri–Howrah Shatabdi Express) runs from this station. Also there is one narrow gauge platform in this station which operates trains towards Darjeeling hills as a part of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

NJP is halting point for 154 trains and it originates 16 trains daily with 4 rajdhanis and 1 shatabdi express.[13]

Major Trains[edit]

Although this station operates more than 150 trains, but among them some important ones and some originating trains are listed below-

References[edit]

  1. ^ "More facilities for NJP". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ "The complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Electric loco set to start from NJP". Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  4. ^ "New Jalpaiguri junction station code". IRFCA. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  5. ^ "History of New Jalpaiguri Junction". IRFCA. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Railway station category" (PDF). Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  7. ^ "NFR's NJP ranked 10th cleanest railway station". Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  8. ^ "New Jalpaiguri junction railway station-information". www.erail.in. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Retiring rooms in Northeast Frontier Railway". Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ "About New Jalpaiguri junction". www.indiarailinfo.com. Retrieved 6 June 2019.

External links[edit]

External video
Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express arriving at New Jalpaiguri
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
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Darjeeling Himalayan RailwayTerminus
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