Salem Junction railway station
|Regional rail, Light rail and Commuter rail station|
|Location||Junction Main road, Suramanagalam, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Elevation||288 metres (945 ft)|
|Owned by||Indian Railways|
|Connections||Goods terminal, Taxi Stand, Satellite Town Bus Terminal|
|Structure type||on ground station|
|Fare zone||Southern Railway zone|
|50,000 per day on average|
Source: Google Maps
Source: Google Maps
Salem Junction railway station (station code: SA) was an A-1 category ISO 14001 certified junction railway station situated in the city of Salem in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Salem Railway Junction had been rated as the cleanest station among the divisional headquarters railway stations and also the ninth cleanest railway station in the entire country, according to a survey report published in June 2017.
The station came into existence as part of the Chennai (then Madras)–Beypore (present-day Kerala) rail line in the 1860s. The station gained its junction status when the metre-gauge line was laid to Vridachalam, providing a connection to the South Indian railway network. After independence, the abandoned narrow-gauge line of Dharmapuri–Morappur was re-built and alignment changed to terminated the line at Salem Junction instead of Morappur. It was upgraded to metre gauge simultaneously. Salem to Bangalore via Hosur 124-mile-long railway line survey was sanctioned on 25 July 1955 and field work started on 27 February 1956. In the 1990s, this railway line was converted to broad gauge. In the 2000s, the Vriddachalam line was also converted to broad gauge, making the station a complete broad-gauge station. The long-pending new broad-gauge railway line to Karur, started in the late 1990s, was commissioned in 2013. This paved way for a shorter, more direct route to southern districts of Tamil Nadu from Salem.
Connectivity and infrastructure
Salem Junction had 24-hour continuous (Bus No:13) bus service to Town Bus Station (Old Bus Standed) and Central Bus Standed (New Bus Standed). The nearest airport was Salem Airport, which was 18 km (11 mi) away from the station. 24-hour taxi service from the railway station was available. There were originating passenger trains in all junction lines. It was an upgraded A–grade station. The station had a subway for every platform and platform bridges with escalators. The station had six platforms and eight tracked.
The AC Waiting Hall At 1st, 3rd, and 4th Platforms with toilet facilities cost Rs:20/hr. The second entrance with ticket counter at Old Suramangalam Road was planning to constructed with subway and footover. Platforms 1, 3 and 4 were operated with 24-hour lifted and escalators.
It had IRCTC Railway Canteen Platform No:3&4. Anandha Bhavan and Ashok Bhavan were nearby restaurants, and Hotel Ashwa Park, Raddison, Sivaraj Holiday Inn, and CJ Plazzio were nearby hotels.
The Salem Railway Division introduced battery operated car service on a payment basis at the Salem Railway Junction, available on platform numbers 3 and 4. The service was meant mainly for senior citizens, differently abled people, and ailing persons.
On 26 December 2017, Salem Junction got free Wi-Fi connectivity. The facility was being provided by RailTel, a public sector telecom infrastructure provider.
There were six lines branching out from the station:
- Double Electrified BG line towards Chennai Central
- Double Electrified BG line towards Eroded Junction
- Single Electrified BG line towards Mettur Dam (doubling between Magnesite Junction-Mecheri Road; work was in progress)
- Single Diesel BG line towards Cuddalore Port Junction (electrification work in progress)
- Single Diesel BG line towards Bangalore City via Dharmapuri junction (doubling and electrification was under process)
- Single Electrified BG line towards Karur Junction(doubling and electrification Proposed)
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