Malda Town railway station

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Malda Town
Regional rail, Rapid transit station
Malda Town Railway Station.jpg
LocationA B A Ghani Khan Choudhury Sarani, English Bazar, Malda district, West Bengal
India
Coordinates25°00′58″N 88°07′49″E / 25.0162°N 88.1302°E / 25.0162; 88.1302Coordinates: 25°00′58″N 88°07′49″E / 25.0162°N 88.1302°E / 25.0162; 88.1302
Elevation30 metres (98 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byEastern Railway zone
Platforms7
Tracks26 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) broad gauge
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on ground station)
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeMLDT
Zone(s) Eastern Railway zone
Division(s) Malda
History
Opened1971
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station   Indian Railways   Following station
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Eastern Railway zone
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Location
Malda Town is located in West Bengal
Malda Town
Malda Town
Location in West Bengal
Malda Town is located in India
Malda Town
Malda Town
Location in India

Malda Town railway station was a railway station on the Howrah–New Jalpaiguri line under Malda railway division of Eastern Railway zone. It served the city of Malda in the Indian state of West Bengal. It was one of the largest as well as busiest railway stations of Eastern India. Indian Railways upgraded this station with modern facilities.

History[edit]

Malda Town railway station at night

In the early 1960s, when Farakka Barrage was being constructed, a radical change was made in the railway system north of the Ganges. Indian Railways created a new broad-gauge rail link from Kolkata.[1]

The 2,240 m (7,350 ft) long Farakka Barrage carried a rail-cum-road bridge across the Ganges. The rail bridge was opened in 1971 thereby linking the Barharwa–Azimganj–Katwa loop to Malda, New Jalpaiguri and other railway stations in North Bengal.[2][3]

Busy station[edit]

Malda Town railway station was amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.[4] One of the reasons for it being a busy station was that every train that passed through the station stopped here since it was the meeting point of two railway zones (i.e. The Eastern Railway and the Northeast Frontier Railway). To the north of the station started the Northeast Frontier Railway and to the south started the Eastern Railway.

Malda Town railway station platform

Malda railway division[edit]

Malda railway division was one of the four railway divisions under the Eastern Railway zone of Indian Railways. This railway division was formed in 1975 and its headquarter was located at Malda in the state of West Bengal, India. There were two A-1 stations under Malda railway division, viz. Malda Town railway station and Bhagalpur railway station[5]

Amenities[edit]

The major facilities available were Waiting rooms, retiring rooms, computerised reservation facility, Reservation Counter, Vehicle parking etc. The vehicles were allowed to enterred the station premises. There were vegetarian and non-vegetarian refreshment rooms, tea stalls, book stalls, post and telegraphic office and Government Railway Police (G.R.P.) office. Automatic ticket vending machines were installed to reduced the queue for train tickets on the station.

Platforms[edit]

There were seven platforms in Malda Town railway station. The platforms were interconnected with three foot overbridges. Escalators were installed at each of the platforms. There were twenty-five lines of which 7 were along platforms were rest were loops.

Tourism[edit]

The ruins of the historic cities of Gauda and Pandua were approachable from Malda Town railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "India: the complex history of the junctions at Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri". IRFCA. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  2. ^ Salman, Salman M. A.; Uprety, Kishor (2002). Conflict and cooperation on South Asia's international rivers: a legal perspective. World Bank Publications. pp. 135–136. ISBN 978-0-8213-5352-3. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  3. ^ Saxena, R. P. "Indian Railway History timeline". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry". Availability in trains for Top 100 Booking Stations of Indian Railways. IRFCA. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Malda rail snip riles Congress". The Telegraph. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.

External links[edit]

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