Varanasi Junction railway station
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (August 2016)|
|Regional rail and Light rail station|
|Location||Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
|Elevation||80.71 metres (264.8 ft)|
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
|Connections||Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Zone(s)||Northern Railway, North Eastern Railway|
|Previous names||Oudh & Rohilkund Railway|
|Railways around Varanasi|
Source: Google maps
Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station is the rail hub in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
It is partly under the administrative control of Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway Zone, and partly under the administrative control of Varanasi Division of the North Eastern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Former Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Bannerjee included Varanasi Cant in World-Class Railway Stations development project.
The first railway line to Benares was opened from Howrah station in December 1862. George Turnbull, the Chief Engineer of the East Indian Railway Company was responsible for deciding the route and building the 541-mile line via Bandel, Burdwan, Rajmahal and Patna. This route up the Ganges plain, with few hills, was chosen because of the primitive railway engines then available.
The station was built on the right bank of the Ganges.
The present station building on the city side was built while Kamlapati Tripathi was railway minister (1975-77). The cantonment-side building was opened in 1998 by the then railway minister Nitish Kumar. The circulating area was renovated in 2008.
The Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station has modern Route Interlock System with automated signalling system. In early 2016, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation rated the facility the worst large station in India based on cleanliness.
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- Varanasi travel guide from Wikivoyage