Kozhikode railway station

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Kozhikode

കോഴിക്കോട്
Express train and Passenger train station
Kozhikode Railway Station from Bridge.jpg
LocationRailway Station Road, near Apsara Theatre, Kozhikode, Kerala,
India
Coordinates11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805Coordinates: 11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805
Elevation11 m (36 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouthern Railway zone
Line(s)Shoranur–Mangalore section
Platforms4
Tracks6
ConnectionsBus stand, Taxicab stand, Auto rickshaw stand
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on-ground station)
ParkingYes
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeCLT
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Palakkad
History
Opened2 January 1888; 133 years ago (1888-01-02)
ElectrifiedYes
Passengers
2016–1728,463 per day[1]
Rank3 (in Kerala)
1 (in Palakkad division)

Kozhikode railway station also known as Calicut railway station was the largest railway station in the city of Calicut, India. The station had four platforms, two terminals and a total number of six tracks. The first platform had a capacity to accommodated trains with 24 coaches and second & third platform had the capacity to accommodated 20 coaches; and the fourth one had the capacity to accommodated 24 coaches.[2] It heralds as the only A1-graded station in Palaghat railway division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers. It was one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Mangaluru, Jammu Tawi, Goa, Ernakulam and so forth. The other railway stations in the city included Ferok (code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (code: KUL), Vellayil (code: VLL) and West Hill (code: WH).

An integrated security system was installed at the station in 2012 featuring baggage scanners, CCTVs and vehicle scanners.[3] The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on 2 January 2013.[4]

History[edit]

The railway line to Calicut (now Kozhikode) was opened to traffic on 2 January 1888 and at that time was western terminus of the Madras Railway. The first line in Malabar was laid between Chaliyam and Tirur, the former an important port town, back then. With the arrival of the new line to Calicut and its growth as an administrative centre, Chaliyam diminished in significance and the railway line to it was subsequently abandoned.[5]

The station houses several vintage fixtures including a recreation club named the Railway Institute built by the British adjacent to the station in 1888 to served as a venue for the social life of the Railways' employees, and a cast iron mechanical pumped set that was imported from England to pumped water into steam locomotives.[6][7] The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on 2 January 2013. It had been ranked as "The Cleanest Railway Station of India" in January 2018 .[8]

Infrastructure[edit]

The station had four platforms and two terminals. The first platform had a capacity to accommodated trains with 24 coaches and the third platform 20 coaches. The fourth one had the capacity to accommodated 24 coaches.[9] It heralds as the only A–1 graded station in Palakkad railway division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers.[10]

Services[edit]

It was one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore, Jammu Tawi, Goa, Ernakulam and so forth. Other railway stations in the city included Ferok (code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (code: KUL), Vellayil railway station (code: VLL) and West Hill railway station (code: WH).[11][12]

Facilities[edit]

An integrated security system was installed at the station in 2012 featuring baggage scanners, CCTVs and vehicle scanners.[13]

  • Reservation counters were open between 6:00 was to 8:00 pm
  • Retirement Rooms (transit lodging facility)
  • Cyber cafe
  • Parcel booking Office
  • Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
  • Railway Protection Force – Circle office
  • IRCTC Restaurants
  • ATMs
  • Pre-Paid autorikshaw counters[14]
  • Pre-paid parking space[15]
  • Escalator and elevator systems[16]
  • Battery operated car facility for differently abled persons and senior citizens

ATMs[edit]

The following bank-ATMs were available at the railway station:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Categorisation of Stations – Palakkad Division" (PDF). Southern Railway Zone – Indian Railways. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/50-CCTVs-at-railway-station/article15729676.ece
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/kozhikode-rail-station-to-celebrate-anniversary/article12553065.ece
  5. ^ "A milestone". The Hindu. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Relics of a bygone era wither away". The Hindu. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ "An old giant, forgotten". The Hindu. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Kozhikode rail station to celebrate anniversary". The Hindu. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Kozhikode station has 4 platforms and platform capacity". The Hindu. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007.
  10. ^ "A case for better railway facilities in Kozhikode". The Hindu. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  11. ^ "West Hill as Kozhikode North Station".
  12. ^ "Vellayil as Kozhikode North". The Hindu. 14 July 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008.
  13. ^ "50 CCTVs at railway station". The Hindu. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Prepaid auto service launched". The Hindu. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Protest against high parking fee at railway station". The Hindu. 24 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  16. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kozhikode/a-new-step-in-kozhikode-railway-stations-journey-to-worldclass-status/article5197948.ece

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