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Malda Town railway station

Malda Town
Regional rail, Rapid Transit Station
Malda Town Railway Station.jpg
LocationA B A Ghani Khan Choudhury Sarani, English Bazar, West Bengal
India
Coordinates25°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
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 Railway   Following station
Eastern Railway Zone
Malda town-Bhagalpur Malda town- Rampurhat Malda town- New Jalpaiguri
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 is a railway station, serves Malda city in Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the rail head for a visit to Gour and Pandua or notable place Adina Mosque and Adina Deer Park.

History

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 carries 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

Malda Town railway station is amongst the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railway.[4] One of the reason for it being a busy station is that every train that passes through the station stops here since it is the meeting point of two railway zone (The Eastern Railway and the Northeast Frontier Railway). To the north of the station starts the Northeast Frontier Railway and to the south starts the Eastern Railway.

Malda Town Railway station platform

Malda railway division

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

Facilities

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

Platforms

There are seven platforms in Malda town railway station. The platforms are interconnected with three foot over bridge(FOB). Escalators are installed at each of the platforms. There are twenty-five lines of which 7 are along platforms are rest are loops.

Tourism

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

References

  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. ^ R.P.Saxena. "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

Preceding station   Indian Railway   Following station
Eastern Railway zone