Pune Junction railway station

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Pune Junction
पुणे जंक्शन
Pune railway station - Entrance.jpg
Location H. H. Prince Aga Khan Road, Pune.
India
Coordinates 18°31′44″N 73°52′27″E / 18.5289°N 73.8743°E / 18.5289; 73.8743Coordinates: 18°31′44″N 73°52′27″E / 18.5289°N 73.8743°E / 18.5289; 73.8743
Elevation 560.000 metres (1,837.270 ft)
Owned by Indian Railways
Line(s) Pune-Solapur line
Pune-Chennai line
Platforms 6
Tracks 8
Construction
Parking Yes;
Other information
Station code PUNE
Division(s) Pune
Fare zone Central Railway zone
History
Opened July 27, 1925; 91 years ago (1925-07-27)
Rebuilt March 10, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-03-10)
Electrified Yes
Traffic
Passengers 150,000
Pune – Lonavla
Pune Suburban Railway System
Pune Junction Mainline rail interchange BSicon LDER.svg Parking
Mutha River
Shivajinagar Bus interchange
Khadki
Mula River
Dapodi
Kasarwadi
Pimpri
Chinchwad
Akurdi
Dehu Road
Begdewadi
Ghorawadi
Talegaon
Vadgaon
Kanhe
Kamshet
Malavli
Lonavla Mainline rail interchange Parking

Pune Junction railway station is the main railway hub of Pune. It is a railway junction with on the PuneChennai railway line. It is also the origin of PuneBengaluru railway line.

History[edit]

The MumbaiPune railway line was completed in 1856 and Pune railway station was opened. This was the time when the first train ran from Pune railway station. The PuneMiraj line was completed by 1886. Initially PuneMiraj line was meter gauge track. The first express train ran in 1928 between MumbaiPune.

Services[edit]

Pune Railway Station serves as a stop for south bound trains from Mumbai, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as the origin/destination for trains to north India. Pune is well linked to the entire country by this station. There are plans for a bullet train from Pune to Ahmedabad which will originate/terminate here. This is a major head for freight transport for Pune.

Suburban Trains[edit]

Pune's suburban service operate on 2 major routes, i.e. from Pune Junction to Lonavala and from Pune Junction to Talegaon. There are 3 trains which operate on PuneTalegaon route while 15 trains operate on PuneLonavala route. Important stations on this route are Shivajinagar Station, Khadki Station, Pimpri Station, Chinchwad Station, Akurdi Station, Dehu Road Station, Talegaon Station and Lonavala Station. There are 8 passenger trains between Pune Junction to Daund section. These operate as suburban trains for this route. In this way the Pune to Daund section becomes the third route for suburban trains. The important halts on this route are Loni Station and Urali Station. Electrification works have begun on PuneDaund section, after completion it is expected that the route will get regular suburban trains. The administration is now focusing to complete this work quickly.[1]

Deccan Odyssey[edit]

This is a tourist trap operated by the Indian Railways. This train takes a tour of Maharashtra and Goa. Along its route it has Pune Junction as its stop.

High Speed rail[edit]

Indian Railways are planning to start High-speed rail in India. Pune-Ahmedabad Bullet train[2][3] is one of these trains. This train is expected to cover 533 km at an average speed of 350 km/h. This train will stop at Mumbai. Currently Pune-Ahmedabad section takes 10 hrs by rail. This distance would be covered in just 1 hrs 52 min with the introduction of this bullet train.[4] This train is expected to cover Pune to Mumbai in 40 min. It is expected that this route will have 26.6 million passengers by 2021.

Infrastructure[edit]

This station has two footbridges. Plans are being made to upgrade this station to world-class standard.[5]

Diesel Loco Shed[edit]

A diesel loco shed located near Ghorpadi railway station comes under the Pune Railway Division. It is one of the three diesel sheds belonging to Central railway and the largest of all of them.

Maldhakka Goods Yard[edit]

Maldhakka is the freight depot of Pune Railway Station and consist of 2 railway shades. All freight trains are loaded and unloaded at this depot. The entrance to the goods yard is situated in Maldhakka Chowk.[6][7]

Developments[edit]

The station is powered by a 160 kWp solar power plant which generates around 2.4 lakh units(kWh) annually. The project is the first of its kind for Railways, funded by Persistant CSR, Sunshot engineered the plant and commissioned in June 2016. This project is replicated at Hyderabad Deccan railway station and was inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.[8]

Future[edit]

There are plans for increase in early services between MumbaiPune section.,[9] laying of additional track between Pune and Lonavla and to increase frequency for which surveys were accepted in budget 2011–12[10] connecting Nashik by rail for which the feasibility survey was accepted in budget of 2011–12.[11][12] and construction of separate terminal for suburban trains.[13] Proposal to construction of new EMU terminal situated to the west of the existing station having two lines and one platform.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Electrification of Pune-Daund route top priority for railways'". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Bullet train project gets closer to realisation". Indianrlys.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Bullet train: Rlys studying feasibility report". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  4. ^ Ranjan Dasgupta (2010-11-23). "Bullet train may cut Mumbai-Pune travel time to 40 minutes". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  5. ^ "World-class Pune station via public-private route". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  6. ^ "24 pc of unorganised sector workers malnourished: survey". The Times of India. Pune. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Pune City" (PDF). Pune Municipal Corporation. Pune. November 2008. p. 56. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  8. ^ http://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/ncpa-installs-mumbais-largest-private-solar-project/57865320
  9. ^ "Chamber seeks hourly Pune-Mumbai trains". Indianexpress.com. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  10. ^ Survey may lead to better frequency of local trains
  11. ^ "Rail Budget Plans for Maharashtra". Sakaaltimes.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Nashik-Pune railway project may be on track finally". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  13. ^ DNA Correspondent (2011-08-01). "Separate terminal on cards for suburban trains at Pune station". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Pune railway division proposes new EMU terminal". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 

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