Amritsar Junction railway station
|Junction station and Central station|
|Location||GT Road, Putlighar Road, Amritsar, Punjab|
|Elevation||233 metres (764 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||Northern Railways|
|Platforms||10 (8 commercial + 1 freight + 1 Military Forces and Parcel)|
|Tracks||10 broad gauge|
|Structure type||Standard on ground|
|Zone(s)||Northern Railway zone|
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.
The 78 km (48 mi)-long Amritsar–Khem Karan railway line ran through Tarn Taran and Patti.
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. The railway station was the first and only with WiFi in the division and CCTV had recently been enabled. In the recent railway budget, it had been mentioned that Amritsar Junction will be improved due to its importance in various fields. 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.
The Phagwara–Jallandhar City–Amritsar sector was electrified in 2003–04.
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.
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.
Amritsar railway workshop carried out a periodic overhaul of WDS-4 locos and breakdown cranes and bogie manufactured.
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|Preceding station||Indian Railways||Following station|
|Northern Railway zone||
|Terminus||Northern Railway zone|
|Terminus||Northern Railway zone||