Amritsar Junction railway station

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Amritsar Junction
Junction station and Central station
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Entry to Amritsar Junction
LocationGT Road, Putlighar Road, Amritsar, Punjab
 India
Coordinates31°37′58″N 74°52′02″E / 31.63278°N 74.86722°E / 31.63278; 74.86722
Elevation233 metres (764 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byNorthern Railways
Line(s)
Platforms10 (8 commercial + 1 freight + 1 Military Forces and Parcel)
Tracks10 broad gauge
Construction
Structure typeStandard on ground
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessDisabled access Available
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeASR
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Firozpur
History
Opened1862; 159 years ago (1862)
Electrified2003–04
Passengers
100000
Location
Amritsar Junction is located in Punjab
Amritsar Junction
Amritsar Junction
Location within Punjab
Amritsar Junction is located in India
Amritsar Junction
Amritsar Junction
Amritsar Junction (India)

Amritsar Junction railway station (station code: ASR) was a railway junction located in Amritsar district in the Indian state of Punjab and served Amritsar. It was the largest and busiest railway station of Punjab.

History[edit]

The Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway completed the Multan–Lahore–Amritsar line in 1865.[1] The Amritsar–Attari section was completed on the route to Lahore in 1862.[2]

The 78 km (48 mi)-long Amritsar–Khem Karan railway line ran through Tarn Taran and Patti.

A 54 km (34 mi)-long line links Amritsar to Dera Baba Nanak on the bank of the Ravi.[3]

The 107 km (66 mi) Amritsar–Pathankot route ran through Batala and Gurdaspur.[3] The 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)-wide broad gauge Amritsar–Pathankot line was opened in 1884.[4]

Overview[edit]

The Amritsar railway station was located at an elevation of 233 metres (764 ft) and was assigned the code "ASR." With this, it had became the busiest railway station of the state in terms of passenger movement and train traffic. In the 2016 railway budget, the government had aimed to beautified the railway station as it was the main station of the holy city.[5] The railway station was the first and only with WiFi in the division and CCTV had recently been enabled.[6] In the recent railway budget, it had been mentioned that Amritsar Junction will be improved due to its importance in various fields.[7] The Movement Control Office (MCO) for Armed Forces was also available at PF no 1.

There were ten platforms under use, 1(A), 1(B), 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Platform no. 8 was used for freight trains. Platform no. 1(B) was reserved exclusively for freight and passenger trains of Indian Army.

Electrification[edit]

The Phagwara–Jallandhar City–Amritsar sector was electrified in 2003–04.[8]

Development[edit]

Amritsar became the first railway station in the state to be WiFi-enabled. With this announcement, concerns had also been raised around increasing the capacity of the railway station from the current 6 platforms to 8 platforms and base this on the standards of the International Airport. This was due to the fact that it was the most important and busiest railway terminus of the state. Two more escalators would be installed in the station from Platform 5, as Platform 1 had already two.

Platform No. 6 and 7 were started in January 2018 because of due to large movement of passengers in the city.[9]

Upcoming projects[edit]

The electrification work was under progress on the Amritsar–Khemkaran line. This was because, a new rail line had been passed by the railways from Patti, Punjab to Ferozpur which will reduced the distance of Amritsar from Ferozpur by 20 km. This will also reduced the distance and saved the time to visit Rajasthan and Gujarat from Northern cities.

It had been planned to ran Express trains on this route.

In December 2019, it had been announced that Bhagtanwala railway station and Chheharta railway station will be converted into satellite stations. Due to this the burden on Amritsar Junction railway station can be reduced.

Railway workshop[edit]

Amritsar railway workshop carried out a periodic overhaul of WDS-4 locos and breakdown cranes and bogie manufactured.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. P. Saxena. "Indian Railway History timeline". IRFCA. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Sind, Punjab and Delhi Railway". fibis. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Railway routes in Punjab". Punjab Data. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Chapter VII". Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  5. ^ "More funds, little else for region". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Railway police to install CCTV cameras at major stations in Punjab | punjab | Hindustan Times". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Rail budget: Prabhu quotes Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Buddha – News". mid-day.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. ^ "History of Electrification". IRFCA. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Amritsar rly station first in Punjab to get Wi-Fi enabled". tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Sheds and workshops". IRFCA. Archived from the original on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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