New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station

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New Jalpaiguri Junction
Express train and Passenger train station
NJP entrance.jpg
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
Platforms9
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeNJP
Zone(s) Northeast Frontier Railway zone
Division(s) Katihar
History
Opened1961; 57 years ago (1961)
ElectrifiedIn progress
Location
New Jalpaiguri railway station is located in West Bengal
New Jalpaiguri railway station
New Jalpaiguri railway station
Location in West Bengal

New Jalpaiguri (Station code: NJP) is a railway station which serves the twin cities of Siliguri and Jalpaiguri, located in the Jalpaiguri district of the Indian state of West Bengal.

History[edit]

Model train in front of New Jalpaiguri Railway 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.[1]

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.[1][2]

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 greenfield station.[1] The metre gauge track from New Jaipaiguri to Siliguri town and Siliguri junction was later converted to broad gauge.

Amenities[edit]

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.[3] It has IRCTC and other private restaurants.

Services[edit]

New Jalpaiguri railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[4]

New Jalpaiguri is connected to almost all parts of the country (except Goa 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 and a Shatabdi Express (to Howrah) run at this station.

There are 15 Trains to Delhi, 16 Trains to Kolkata, 7 Trains to Chennai, 4 Trains to Bangalore, 4 Trains to Mumbai and there are many other trains that halt at this station

Distance from towns/cities[edit]

Kurseong 42 km
Darjeeling 70 km
Mirik 54 km
Kalimpong71 km
Jalpaiguri32 km
Siliguri5 km
Gangtok119 km
Guwahati473 km
Kolkata 564 km
International
Kakarbhitta (Nepal Border)34 km
Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal) 492 km
Bhadrapur Airport (Nepal - also known as Chandragadhi Airport) 56 km
Dharan (Nepal) 142 km
Biratnagar (Nepal) 143 km
Phuentsholing (Bhutan Border) 155 km
Thimpu (Capital of Bhutan) 319 km
Nathula (China Border) 176 km
Fulbari or Phulbari (Bangladesh Border) 9 km
Dhaka (Capital of Bangladesh) 476 km

Note: The above table is to display road distance only and not all of these cities/towns are serviced by the railway station.

Nearest transport services[edit]

Service Name Location Distance
Bus Terminal Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminas Siliguri 6 km
AirportBagdogra Airport Bagdogra18 km

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  2. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Retiring rooms in Northeast Frontier Railway". Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ "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.

External links[edit]

External video
Sealdah-New Cooch Behar Uttarbanga Express arriving at New Jalpaiguri
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