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Sealdah South lines

Indian Railways Suburban Railway Logo.svg Sealdah South lines
Overview
TypeCommuter rail
SystemKolkata Suburban Railway
StatusOperational
LocaleWest Bengal
TerminiSealdah
Budge Budge
Canning
Diamond Harbour
Namkhana
Stations68
ServicesSealdah–Diamond Harbour
Ballygunge–Budge Budge
Sonarpur–Canning
Baruipur–Namkhana
WebsiteEastern Railway
Operation
OwnerIndian Railway
Operator(s)Eastern Railway
CharacterAt grade
Depot(s)Sealdah
Namkhana
Technical
Line lengthSealdah–Diamond Harbour: 60 km (37 mi)
Ballygunge–Budge Budge: 19 km (12 mi)
Sonarpur–Canning: 28 km (17 mi)
Baruipur–Namkhana: 84 km (52 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Electrification25 kV AC overhead line
Operating speedup to 100 km/h (62 mph)
Route map

km
7
Dum Dum Junction
Patipukur
Kolkata
4
Bidhannagar Road
km
Sealdah North & Main
00
Sir Gurudas
Banerjee Halt
Sealdah South
00
Park Circus
03
6
Ballygunge Junction
7
Dhakuria
8
Jadavpur
Kavi Subhash
10
Baghajatin
Lake Gardens
08
12
New Garia
Rabindra Sarobar
13
Garia
Tollygunge
09
15
Narendrapur
17
Sonarpur Junction
New Alipore
10
Majerhat
12
20
Bidyadharpur
23
Kalikapur
Brace Bridge
14
24
Champahati
Santoshpur
17
27
Piali
Akra
19
29
Gourdaha Halt
Nangi
23
32
Ghutiari Sharif
Budge Budge
25
35
Betberia Ghola
39
Taldi
45
Canning
Matla River
planned
extension
Bhangankhali
Subhashgram
20
Sonakhali
Mallikpur
22
Basanti
Baruipur Junction
25
Jharkhali
Kalyanpur
28
27
Shasan Road
Dakshin Durgapur
30
29
Krishna Mohan
Hotar
32
31
Dhapdhapi
Dhamua
35
33
Surjyapur
Uttar Radhanagar
37
35
Gocharan
Magra Hat
40
38
Hogla
Bahirpuya Halt
43
41
Dakshin Barasat
Sangrampur
45
44
Baharu
Deula
50
49
Jaynagar Majilpur
Netra
53
to Raidighi (planned)
Basuldanga
55
54
Mathurapur Road
Gurudas Nagar
57
59
Madhabpur
to Bankrahat (planned)
62
Lakshmikantapur
ferry/water interchange Diamond Harbour
60
68
Udairampur
to Kulpi (planned)
72
Kulpi ferry/water interchange
77
Karanjali
km
83
Nischintapur Market
84
Nischintapur
88
Madhabnagar
92
Kashinagar
95
Kakdwip ferry/water interchange
to Sagar Island
via Budhakholi (planned)
103
Ukilerhat
108
Namkhana ferry/water interchange
planned extension
Chandranagar
Bakkhali
km

Source: Indian Railway Time Table

Sealdah South lines are a set of four lines from Sealdah railway station connecting Sealdah with Budge Budge, Canning, Diamond Harbour and Namkhana. It is a part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system and is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Railway.

History

The 45 km long line from Calcutta to Port Canning via Sonarpur, constructed in 1862 by the Calcutta and South-Eastern Railway, was the first railway track on the east bank of the Hooghly River. It ran from what was then Beliaghata station (presently Sealdah South) to Canning on the Matla River. Calcutta and South-Eastern Railway was formed in 1859 as a private company but was taken over by the government in 1868 after it incurred extensive losses because of floods and other problems. It was the first case in India of the railway being taken over by the state.

The 33 km long line from Sonarpur to Jaynagar Majilpur via Baruipur, constructed in 1882 by the Eastern Bengal Railway. It was extended up to Lakshmikantapur in 1928.[1] Thereafter the line was extended up to Kakdwip in 2001 and up to Namkhana in 2006.[2]

The 35 km long line from Baruipur to Diamond Harbour, constructed in 1883 by the Calcutta and South-Eastern Railway.

The 19 km long line from Ballygunge to Budge Budge, constructed in 1890 by the Eastern Bengal Railway.[1]

Routes with Stations

Routes

  • Sealdah – Namkhana
  • Ballygunge – Budge Budge
  • Sonarpur – Canning
  • Baruipur – Diamond Harbour

Main line

Main line
# Distance from Sealdah (km) Station Name Station Code Connections
1 0 Sealdah SDAH Chord link line / Eastern line
2 3 Park Circus Circular line
3 6 Ballygunge Junction BLN Circular line / Budge Budge (South lines)
4 7 Dhakuria None
5 8 Jadavpur None
6 10 Baghajatin None
7 12 New Garia None
8 13 Garia None
9 15 Narendrapur None
10 17 Sonarpur Junction SPR Canning (South lines)
11 20 Subhashgram None
12 22 Mallikpur None
13 25 Baruipur Junction BRP Diamond Harbour (South lines)
14 27 Shasan Road None
15 29 Krishna Mohan None
16 31 Dhapdhapi None
17 33 Surjyapur None
18 35 Gocharan None
19 38 Hogla None
20 41 Dakshin Barasat None
21 44 Baharu None
22 49 Jaynagar Majilpur JNM None
23 54 Mathurapur Road None
24 59 Madhabpur None
25 62 Lakshmikantapur None
26 68 Udairampur None
27 72 Kulpi None
28 77 Karanjali None
29 83 Nischintapur Market None
30 84 Nischintapur None
31 88 Madhabnagar None
32 92 Kashinagar None
33 95 Kakdwip None
34 103 Ukilerhat None
35 108 Namkhana NMKA None

Branch lines

Budge Budge Branch line

Budge Budge Branch line
# Distance from Ballygunge (km) Station Name Station Code Connections
1 0 Ballygunge Junction BLN Main (South lines) / Circular line
2 2 Lake Gardens LKF Circular line
3 3 Tollygunge TLG Circular line
4 4 New Alipore NACC Circular line
5 6 Majerhat MJT Circular line
6 8 Brace Bridge BRJ None
7 11 Santoshpur SSP None
8 13 Akra AKRA None
9 17 Nangi NAI None
10 19 Budge Budge BGB None

Canning Branch line

Canning Branch line
# Distance from Sonarpur (km) Station Name Station Code Connections
1 0 Sonarpur Junction SPR Main (South lines)
2 3 Bidyadharpur None
3 6 Kalikapur None
4 7 Champahati None
5 10 Piali None
6 12 Gourdaha Halt None
7 15 Ghutiari Sharif None
8 18 Betberia Ghola None
9 22 Taldi None
10 25 Chandkhali Halt None
11 28 Canning CG None

Diamond Harbour Branch line

Diamond Harbour Branch line
# Distance from Baruipur (km) Station Name Station Code Connections
1 0 Baruipur Junction BRP Main (South lines)
2 3 Kalyanpur None
3 5 Dakshin Durgapur None
4 7 Hotar None
5 10 Dhamua None
6 12 Uttar Radhanagar None
7 15 Magra Hat None
8 18 Bahirpuya Halt None
9 20 Sangrampur None
10 25 Deula None
11 28 Netra None
12 30 Basuldanga None
13 32 Gurudas Nagar None
14 35 Diamond Harbour DH None

Ganga Sagar mela

The Ganga Sagar mela, which attracts thousands of pilgrims during Makar Sankranti in mid-January, is approached through this line. Kakdwip and Namkhana stations serve as handy rail heads for travel to the mela. Eastern Railway runs around 80 special trains for the mela.[3] There also are special trains from Delhi to Namkhana via Lucknow and Allahabad.[4]

Future developments

There are plans for constructing a deep sea port at Sagar Island. This would also require the construction of a 4.5 km long rail-cum-road bridge to connect the island to the mainland and around 40 km long rail connection.[5]

A project costing Rs. 1.24 billion has been sanctioned for extension of the Sealdah-Canning line to Bhangankhali, with a bridge across the Matla. There are plans to extend the line later to Gosaba.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "The Chronology of Railway development in Eastern Indian". railindia. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Travel: A Great Escape". The Statesman, 13 June 2006. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Eastern Railway to run 80 spl trains for Ganga Sagar Mela". newkerala.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Sagar trains". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 30 November 2009. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Land reclaim for Sagar port soon". The Times of India, 23 June 2011. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Rail link to tiger territory". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 15 November 2009. 15 November 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2012.

External links

External video
Train leaving Budge Budge
Ganga Sagar pilgrims boarding ferry at Namkhana