Ahmedabad Junction railway station

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Ahmedabad Junction railway station
Express train and Passenger train station
Ahmedabad Junction railway station - Main Entrance.jpg
LocationKalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
 India
Coordinates23°01′35″N 72°36′07″E / 23.026265°N 72.601902°E / 23.026265; 72.601902Coordinates: 23°01′35″N 72°36′07″E / 23.026265°N 72.601902°E / 23.026265; 72.601902
Elevation52.500 metres (172.24 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byWestern Railways
Line(s)Ahmedabad–Mumbai main line,
Ahmedabad–Botad metre-gauge line,
Ahmedabad–Mehsana metre-gauge,
Ahmedabad–Gandhidham main line,
Jaipur–Ahmedabad line,
Ahmedabad–Udaipur line
Platforms12
Tracks16
ConnectionsBRTS, AMTS bus stop, taxicab stand, auto rickshaw stand
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on-ground station)
ParkingYes
Disabled accessDisabled access Available
Other information
StatusFunctioning (WiFi enabled)
Station codeADI[1]
Zone(s) Western Railway zone
Division(s) Ahmedabad
ElectrifiedYes
Location
Ahmedabad Junction is located in Ahmedabad
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Ahmedabad Junction
Location within Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad Junction is located in Gujarat
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Ahmedabad Junction
Ahmedabad Junction (Gujarat)
Ahmedabad Junction is located in India
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Ahmedabad Junction (India)

Ahmedabad Junction railway station (station code: ADI) was the main railway station of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was also the biggest railway station within Gujarat. It was the second-highest income-generating division in Western Railways after the Mumbai Division.

History[edit]

Before the partition of India, the Sindh Mail used to travel to Hyderabad, Sindh via the HyderabadMirpur KhasKhokhraparMunabaoBarmerLuniJodhpurPaliMarwarPalanpur–Ahmedabad route. It was constructed by Gokuldas Contractor and Associates.[2][3][4]

1866 engraving of two minarets now adjacent to the station

On the north side of the station were the two tallest minarets in Ahmedabad, the only remnant of Sidi Bashir Mosque.

Background[edit]

Ahmedabad Junction was the primary station of rail transport for the city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India and an important center of the Western Railways zone of the Indian Railways. Locally, people referred to it as Kalupur Station (as it was situated in the Kalupur area of the walled city) to distinguished it from other stations in the city like Gandhigram, Asarva, Sahijpur, Sardargram, Naroda, Sarkhej, Vastrapur, Gorghuma, Chandlodia, Chandlodia B, Chandkhera Road, Ambli Road, Vatva, Maninagar, Sabarmati Junction SBLS and Sabarmati Junction SBG. It served trains that connected Ahmedabad to different parts of Gujarat, as well as major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Ajmer, Dhanbad, Daltonganj, Gwalior, Jaipur, Indore and Howrah

Infrastructure[edit]

The station had 12 platforms. There were an ample numbers of tea stalls, snack bars, medical shops, and enquiry desks. The station also had one cybercafe which was ran by Tata Indicom and was currently equipped with Wi-Fi by Google Station and RailTel. The station was undergoing large-scale automation to made it a technologically advanced station, and new ATM outlets from ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Union Bank of India, Dena Bank, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India, and other major banks had been installed. RailTel plans to open a cyber cafe in Ahmedabad Station.

Facilities[edit]

Ahmedabad Railway station had launched hand-push luggage trolley services at Ahmedabad railway station. Such trolleys were always available at airports, but for railway stations, it was a new initiative. The Railways will initially charge Rs 5 per luggage trolley from commuters. As of 2010, the service was available only for Platform no.1, but after new elevators and escalators became functional by the end of 2010, the trolley service would be introduced at all platforms of Ahmedabad railway station.

According to the Divisional Railway Manager of Ahmedabad, Shri Ashok Garud, the initiative had been taken following a guideline from the Western Railway Headquarters. The facility would be launched in Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara railway stations too in the future.

Also launched in May 2010 was a golf car service for senior citizens and physically challenged persons.[5]

Recent days, IRCTC had launched its VIP class executive lounge on platform 1 for passengers to spent their waiting time on economy rates which offerred free wifi, urinals, AC, news paper, recliners and foods.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indian railway codes". Indian Railways. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ Murray, John (1949). Hearn, Sir Gordon Risley (ed.). A handbook for Travellers in India and Pakistan, Burma and Ceylon: Including the Portuguese and French Possessions and the Indian States. p. 211 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Gandhi, Mahatma (1929). Young India. Vol. 11. Navajivan Publishing House. p. 50 – via Google Books; University of Virginia. |volume= has extra text (help)
  4. ^ "Indian Railways FAQ: Geography : International". IRFCA. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  5. ^ Luggage trolley,golf car services launched at Ahmedabad railway station
  6. ^ Nandini, Oza. "Three-star retiring facilities welcome passengers at Ahmedabad Railway Station". The Week. THEWEEK. Retrieved 2 February 2021.

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