Ahmedabad Junction railway station
|Express train and Passenger train station|
|Location||Kalupur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Elevation||52.500 metres (172.24 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Western Railways|
|Line(s)||Ahmedabad–Mumbai main line,|
Ahmedabad–Botad metre-gauge line,
Ahmedabad–Gandhidham main line,
|Connections||BRTS, AMTS bus stop, taxicab stand, auto rickshaw stand|
|Structure type||Standard (on-ground station)|
|Status||Functioning (WiFi enabled)|
|Zone(s)||Western Railway zone|
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.
Before the partition of India, the Sindh Mail used to travel to Hyderabad, Sindh via the Hyderabad–Mirpur Khas–Khokhrapar–Munabao–Barmer–Luni–Jodhpur–Pali–Marwar–Palanpur–Ahmedabad route. It was constructed by Gokuldas Contractor and Associates.
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
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.
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.
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.
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