Varanasi Junction railway station
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|Indian Railway station|
|Location||Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh|
|Elevation||80.71 metres (264.8 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian railways|
|Operated by||North-eastern railway/Varanasi Railway division|
|Line(s)||Varanasi-Faizabad-Lucknow main line|
Varanasi–Rae Bareli–Lucknow line
|Platforms||9 (3 under construction)|
|Connections||Prepaid Auto cum Taxi Stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on ground station)|
|Railways around Varanasi|
Source: Google maps
Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station (Station code BSB) is the main railway station which serves the city of Varanasi. It is also the headquarter of Varanasi railway division of North Eastern Railway zone.
Varanasi railway station is an important hub for the eastern UP and Bihar.
Its platforms numbered 6–9 come under the administrative control of Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway Zone.
The administration is led by the Station Director, Anand Mohan (IRTS) while the railway operations of Varanasi Area are handled by Area Officer, Siddhartha Verma (IRTS). 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 a modern Route Interlock System with automated signalling system. Varanasi railway station was ranked 14 among 75 busiest A1 category stations on cleanliness scale. The station ranks 30th in overall ranking. Varanasi railway station handles a large number of passengers, with more than 250 trains daily.
Important stations in Varanasi
There are some other important railway stations in the city in order to decrease the rush at Varanasi Junction. Some stations are :
Suburban stations in Varanasi
- Mughalsarai Junction railway station
- Sarnath Railway Station
- Shivpur Railway Station
- Babatpur Railway Station
- Lohta Railway Station
- Raja Talab Railway Station
- Bhulanpur Railway Station
- Aunrihar Railway Station
Some of the important trains that originate and pass through station are:
- Mahamana Express to New Delhi
- Sabarmati Express to Ahmedabad
- Kashi Vishwanath Express to New Delhi
- Begampura Express to Jammu Tawi
- Varuna Express to Kanpur
- Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Varanasi Express to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
- Kamayani Express to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
- Mahanagari Express to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
- Ahmedabad - Varanasi Weekly Express to Ahmedabad
- Varanasi-Anand Vihar Terminal Garib Rath Express to Anand Vihar Terminal railway station
- Okha - Varanasi Superfast Express to Okha
- Mysore - Varanasi Express to Mysuru
- Varanasi - Bareilly Express to Bareilly
- Sealdah - Varanasi Express to Kolkata
- Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express via Varanasi Junction
- Swatantra Sainani Superfast Express via Varanasi Junction
- Bapu Dham Superfast Express via Varanasi Junction
- Upasana Express via Varanasi Junction
- Amritsar Mail via Varanasi Junction
- Bhirgu Superfast Express via Varanasi Junction
- Ganga Kaveri Express via Varanasi Junction
- Akal Takht Express via Varanasi Junction
- Ganga Sutlej Express via Varanasi Junction
- Ahmedabad - Darbhanga Sabarmati Express via Varanasi Junction
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Varanasi Junction railway station.|
- Varanasi travel guide from Wikivoyage