Chengannur railway station

Chengannur railway station is an 'NSG 3 category' station located at Chengannur in the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of the busiest stations in the Thiruvananthapuram CentralKollam JunctionKottayamErnakulam route, primarily due to the Sabarimala pilgrims. The station is managed by Southern Railway under the Thiruvananthapuram railway division. Chengannur railway station mainly serves the people of Pathanamthitta district.

Chengannur

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Indian Railway Station
Chengannur Railway Station.jpg
View of 1st(right) and 2nd(left)platform of Chengannur railway station
LocationSH10, Chengannur, Kerala, India
Coordinates9°19′10″N 76°36′30″E / 9.31944°N 76.60833°E / 9.31944; 76.60833Coordinates: 9°19′10″N 76°36′30″E / 9.31944°N 76.60833°E / 9.31944; 76.60833
Elevation6 metres (20 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Line(s)Ernakulam–Kottayam–Kayamkulam line
Platforms3
Tracks5
ConnectionsPrivate bus stand, KSRTC bus depot, Autorickshaw stand, Taxi stand
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Other information
Station codeCNGR
Fare zoneSouthern Railway zone
History
Opened1958; 64 years ago (1958)
ElectrifiedYes
Route map
km
0
Ernakulam Junction Bus interchangeParking
Right arrow to Aluva
3
Ernakulam D Cabin
A L Jacob overpass
Kaloor Road
Ponnurunni overpass
Kaniyampuzha River
Eroor overpass
10
Tripunithura Parking
Hill Palace Road
14
Chottanikkara Road
Arakunnam overpass
17
Mulanturutti
Mulanturutti Block Road
22
Kanjiramittam
Muvattupuzha River
29
Piravam Road
35
Vaikom Road
Chullithodu
Valiyathodu River
38
Kaduturutti Halt
Malliyoor Bypass
North overpass
42
Kuruppanthara
Malliyoor Bypass
South overpass
49
Ettumanur
Ettumanur overpass
Meenachil River
Kumaranalloor overpass
56
Kumaranallur
Meenachil River
60
Kottayam Bus interchangeParking
overpass
Mother Teresa Road
Kodoor River
Puthupally Road
Sree Durga Temple Road
67
Chingavanam
Paruthumpara Road
overpass
Chethipuzha Kurichy Road
Kurichy overpass
Plamoodu overpass
Vazhoor Road
78
Changanasseri Bus interchangeParking
Kaviyoor Road
Kuttapuzha Road
86
Tiruvalla Bus interchangeParking
Manimala River
Varattar River
overpass
95
Chengannur Bus interchangeParking
101
Cheriyanad
Achankovil River
Kallumala overpass
Kattanam Road
107
Mavelikara Parking
Pullamplavil underpass
Mavellikara - Kayamkulam Road
115
Kayamkulam Junction Parking
121
Ochira
Chakkuvally Road
129
Karunagappalli Parking
Kottarakkara Road
Thodiyur overpass
Pallikkal River
136
Sasthamkotta
Kanatharkunnam overpass
Kallada River
139
Munroturuttu
Pezhumthuruthu
Perumon Lake
Perumon overpass
147
Perinad
Kollam Bypass
Kallumthazham overpass
Chemmamukku overpass
156
Kollam Junction Bus interchangeParking

HistoryEdit

Chengannur rail link came into existence in 1958 when ErnakulamKottayam metre-gauge railway line was extended to Kollam Junction. The railway line between Trivandrum Central and Ernakulam Junction via Kottayam was converted to broad gauge in 1976.

SignificanceEdit

Chengannur railway station is the nearest rail station to reach famous pilgrimage places like Sabarimala, Pandalam, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Parumala Church and Maramon. The railway station has been declared as 'Gateway of Sabarimala' by Indian Railways in 2009. It serves the people of 3 districts - Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta. The proposed Aranmula Airport is 11 km away from the station.[1]

Future expansion plansEdit

Development plan for providing an escalator for two platforms and Lift facility for Platform 2 is finalized and works has started in November 2013. A new line linking Chengannur with Thiruvananthapuram Central via Pandalam, Kottarakkara Kilimanoor and Nedumangad is awaiting approval from the Planning Commission. Another line to Pampa via Pathanamthitta has also been proposed. After the new line materializes, there would be stations at Pandalam, Kottarakkara,[2]

A sub-urban service connecting Chengannur to Trivandrum is under consideration.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Better amenities sought for Sabarimala pilgrims". The Hindu. 10 October 2013.
  2. ^ Malayalam Manorama Issue-918 date:21-09-2016