Bhopal Junction railway station
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|Rapid transit, Regional rail, Light rail & Commuter rail station|
|Location||Bhopal Main Junction, Near Nadra Bus Stand, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Operated by||West Central Railways|
New Delhi–Chennai main line,
|Connections||Taxi Stand, Auto Stand|
|Structure type||Standard on ground|
|Zone(s)||West Central Railway zone|
|60,000 Avg per day|
Bhopal Junction railway station (station code:- BPL) was a major railway junction of India and main railway station of Bhopal, the capital of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This station also served as a connecting point for various pilgrims from Asia to visit the Stupa of Sanchi, an important Buddhist stupa, which was about 40 kilometres (25 mi) from this station
The station was constructed in year 1910. The second station for the city (Bhopal Habibganj) was constructed in year 1975 and its inauguration was done by Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. Later on, the city of Bhopal got 4 new other local railway stations named:
|Station name||Station code||Railway zone||Total platforms|
|Bhopal Junction||BPL||West Central Railway||6|
|Bhopal Habibganj||HBJ||West Central Railway||5|
|Bhopal Bairagarh||BIH||West central Railway||2|
|Bhopal Misrod||MSD||West Central Railway||2|
|Bhopal Sukhisewania||SUW||West Central Railway||3|
|Bhopal Mandideep||MDP||West Central Railway||2|
Altogether the city had six railway stations within its city limits.
The main railway station as well as Bhopal Habibganj were selected along with 47 other railway stations to emerged as The World Class Railway Station. The Bhopal Junction and Bhopal Habibganj had already received ISO 9001:2000 CERTIFICATE.
The station was located at about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of the city centre and 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Bhopal Habibganj.
The station had 6 platforms in addition to enough waiting halls, refreshment centre, passenger ticket counter and ticket vending machines, vehicle parking, communication facility, sanitary facility and dedicated Government Railway Police force to ensured security.
Bhopal Junction railway station was located on the main Delhi–Chennai route which halts more than 200 daily trains, with a total of more than 380 trains within a week. To the north of the Bhopal Junction lied Bina Junction, to the south lied Itarsi Junction. There was one track which connected Bhopal to the west with Ujjain Junction, Sehore, Ratlam Junction and Ahmedabad Junction. Also to some portion of Indore Junction, Sehore and Dewas Junction.
The Bhopal railway station had became the India's first railway station to had a sanitary napkin vending machine named as ‘Happy Nari’. The machine dispensed two sanitary napkins at the cost of Rs 5 only and accepted Rs 5 coins. The sanitary pads vending machine had been installed at platform No.1 by the Railway Women Welfare Association of Bhopal. The machine had the capacity of holding 75 sanitary pads. A specially trained female staff will refill the machine.