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 Banaras or Benares was opened from Howrah in December 1862 and was built by the East Indian Railway Company. The station was built on right bank of the Ganges. Later in 1872, Oudh & Rohilkund Railway Company opened rail line from Benaras to Lucknow. In 1887, Dufferin Bridge was constructed over the Ganges at Benares allowing trains to go to Mughalsarai.
The present building towards city side was constructed during the regime of Mr Kamlapati Tripathi (1975-77) as railway minister. Cantonment side building was opened in 1998 by then railway minister Mr 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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