Railway stations in Coimbatore
Coimbatore or Kovai is a major city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest city and urban agglomeration in the state after Chennai and the sixteenth largest urban agglomeration in India. It is administered by the Coimbatore Municipal Corporation and is the administrative capital of Coimbatore district. It is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and a major textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. It is often referred to as the "Manchester of South India" due to its cotton production and textile industries.
Train service in Coimbatore started in 1861, upon construction of the Podanur – Madras line connecting Kerala and the west coast with the rest of India. Coimbatore lies on the Coimbatore - Shoranur Broad gauge railway line. Until 1956, the Coimbatore railway division was functioning with Podanur as its Headquarters. In 1956, the headquarters was shifted to Olavakkode, of Kerala state, and was named Olavakkod railway division. In 1980, Olavakkod division was renamed Palakkad railway division. It comprised Kerala and western districts of Tamil Nadu. The revenue from railway stations of western Tamil Nadu, especially Coimbatore, was used to develop railway stations in Kerala, which some saw as unfair. Because of this, protests arose in Tamil Nadu to form new railway division with Coimbatore as its headquarters. Ultimately, a new Salem railway division was carved out of the Palakkad railway division in 2006 with Salem as its headquarters. The city falls under the Salem Division of the Southern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The major railway station is the Coimbatore Junction which is the second largest income generating station in the Southern Railway zone after Chennai Central and is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways. Other major railway stations catering to the city include Coimbatore North Junction, Podanur Junction and minor stations at Peelamedu, Singanallur, Irugur Junction, Perianaikanpalayam, Madukkarai, Somanur, Sulur & Thudiyalur .
List of railway stations
|List of railway stations in Coimbatore|
|S.No.||Name||Native name||Station Code|
|1||Coimbatore Junction||கோயம்புத்தூர் சந்திப்பு||CBE|
|2||Podanur Junction||போத்தனூர் சந்திப்பு||PTJ|
|3||Coimbatore North Junction||கோயம்புத்தூர் வடக்கு சந்திப்பு||CBF|
|6||Irugur Junction||இருகூர் சந்திப்பு||IGU|
|7||Periyanaickenpalayam railway station||பெரியநாயக்கன்பாளையம்||PKM|
|10||Sulur Road||சூலூர் ரோடு||SUU|
|11||Thudiyalur railway station||துடியலூர்||TDE|
|12||Karamadai railway station||காரமடை||KAY|
|13||Kinathukadavu railway station||கிணத்துக்கடவு||CNV|
|List of Defunct railway stations in Coimbatore|
Three metrorail routes have been proposed. Two circular routes, in the northern and southern parts of the city and a dual linear line connecting the Eastern and Western parts. The Northern Route starts from Gandhipuram via Ganapathy, Sivanandha colony, Saibaba colony, RS Puram, Townhall, City Railway Station and ends in Gandhipuram. The second circular Route starts from Podanur via Trichy Road, Sungam, Redfields, Race Course, City Railway Station, Ukkadam and ends at Podanur. A linear line was also proposed from Chinniampalayam, Coimbatore International Airport, CODISSIA, PSG Tech, Lakshmi Mills, Gandhipuram, Coimbatore North Junction, Cowley Brown Road and TNAU. Recently Vadavalli and Thondamuthur are the two new areas that has been included in the linear line as part of the phase extension. In 2017,Tamil Nadu government announced that CMRL would prepare DPR and feasibility report for Coimbatore metro rail project and will be funded by German-based company.
Coimbatore suburban circular railway
Coimbatore suburban circular railway is a circular suburban railway planned for coimbatore city.The circular railway line will help run through Coimbatore Junction, Podanur, Vellalore, Irugur, Singanallur, Peelamedu and Coimbatore North (see map). This will certainly help decongest the city roads. A senior official with the Salem division says if the revival of an old line can bring about so many benefits, it can be considered.
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