Guntur Junction railway station

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Guntur Junction
Guntur Railway Junction west terminal.png
Guntur railway station west terminal
LocationStation Road E, Sambasiva Pet, Guntur, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh
India
Coordinates16°18′03″N 80°26′34″E / 16.3008°N 80.4428°E / 16.3008; 80.4428Coordinates: 16°18′03″N 80°26′34″E / 16.3008°N 80.4428°E / 16.3008; 80.4428
Elevation31.89 metres (104.6 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouth Coast Railway zone
Line(s)
Platforms7
Tracks10
ConnectionsBus stand, Taxi stand.
Construction
Structure typeOn ground
ParkingAvailable
Disabled accessDisabled access Available
Other information
Station codeGNT
Zone(s) South Coast Railway
Division(s) Guntur
History
Opened1916
Passengers
37 million approx[citation needed]
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
TerminusGuntur–Krishna Canal section
toward ?
TerminusGuntur–Tenali section
toward ?
toward ?
Guntur–Nallapadu sectionTerminus
Location
Guntur Junction is located in Andhra Pradesh
Guntur Junction
Guntur Junction
Location in Andhra Pradesh
Guntur Junction is located in India
Guntur Junction
Guntur Junction
Location in India

Guntur railway station (station code:GNT[1]) was an Indian Railways station in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh. It was situated on the Krishna Canal–Guntur section of Guntur railway division in the South Coast Railway zone.[2][3]

History[edit]

The first rail lines in Guntur were of metre-gauge line opened Guntur–Repalle section in year 1916[4] and later between Guntur and Hubli/Goa.Later a broad-gauge rail line was built between GNT/VJA towards Howrah with the completion of Prakasam Barrage on River Krishna. By the end of the 20th century Guntur had 4 different railway lines passing through its junction.[citation needed]That railway lines was Guntur–Tenali section, Guntur–Vijayawada section, Guntur–Nallapadu-Guntakal section, Guntur–Nallapadu–Pagidipalli section.

Structure and amenities[edit]

Guntur railway station had seven platforms and two entrances, namely the East and the West.[5] These platforms were interconnected by subway system.[6] The station was equipped with facilities, such as dormitories, parcel office, retiring rooms, drinking water, booking counters, refreshment stalls, separate pathways for public, rampways for disabled people, parking zone for car and auto rickshaws etc.[7][8][5]Railways had formulated a plan to made station passenger friendly.A guidance system had been put in place in the station in which entry and exit points were numbered and major landmarks of the city had been displayed in foot-over-bridges[9].On average the station handled 43000 passengers daily and to facilitated easy movement multiple entry and exit gates were on both sides[10].The main entrance located at Railpet side was known as Guntur Government Hospital gate, and led to platform 1.This entrance had been also named as terminal 1 and had gate numbers 1 to 7[11].The entrance on rear side was also known as Arundalpet side and had been named as terminal 2.Work was in progress for extension of platform no.8 and 9, to accommodated new trains at the railway station. In addition directional boards on the station premises helped in guidance of passengers.

Classification[edit]

Guntur Junction railway station was an A–category station. It was recognized as a Model station, Adarsh station and Touch & Feeled (Modern Stations) in the Guntur railway division.[12]

Performance and earnings[edit]

As of September 2014, the station served thousands of commuting population by a total of 33 trains, of which 7 were MEMU and local trains.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Code Index" (PDF). Portal of Indian Railways. 2015. p. 45. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Evolution of Guntur Division" (PDF). South Central Railway. p. 9,11. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Station: Nellore". South Coast Railway – Indian Railways. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. ^ Andhra Pradesh District Gazetteers: Guntur by Andhra Pradesh (India), Bh Sivasankaranarayana, M. V. Rajagopal – 1977 – Page 188 In the years that followed, railway lines connecting Madras to Vijayawada (via) Tenali (1 898), Guntur to Repalle (1916) and Guntur to Macherla (1930) were opened.
  5. ^ a b MN, Samdani (11 February 2018). "Guntur railway station set to get swanky look, more facilities for passengers". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ MN, Samdani (20 April 2018). "Guntur station to get 'world-class' facilities | Vijayawada News". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  7. ^ Reporter, Staff (1 March 2019). "Guntur railway station set for makeover at a cost of ₹11.25 crore". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ Reporter, Staff (18 April 2019). "Guntur railway station gets facelift". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Guntur railway station is more passenger friendly now". The New Indian Express. The New Indian Express. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Guntur railway station is more passenger friendly now". The New Indian Express. The New Indian Express. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Guntur railway station is more passenger friendly now". The New Indian Express. The New Indian Express. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Guntur Division" (PDF). South Central Railway. pp. 9, 11. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Guntur misses metro rail project". Deccan Chronicle. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2017.