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Santragachi Junction railway station

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Santragachi Junction is a railway junction on the South Eastern Railway, at Santragachhi, Howrah, India. It is one of five intercity railway stations serving Howrah and Kolkata.

Santragachi Junction
Regional rail and Suburban rail station
Santragachi Railway Station - Howrah 2012-01-26 1624.JPG
LocationHowrah, Howrah, West Bengal
India
Coordinates22°35′02″N 88°17′03″E / 22.5838°N 88.2843°E / 22.5838; 88.2843Coordinates: 22°35′02″N 88°17′03″E / 22.5838°N 88.2843°E / 22.5838; 88.2843
Elevation12 metres (39 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouth Eastern Railway zone
Line(s)Howrah-Mumbai
Howrah-Chennai
Platforms6
Tracks6
ConnectionsTaxi Stand, Santragachi Bus Stand, Kona Expressway
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on ground station)
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeSRC
Zone(s) South Eastern Railway zone
Division(s) Kharagpur
History
Previous namesBengal Nagpur Railway
Services
Preceding station   Kolkata Suburban Railway   Following station
toward Midnapore
South Eastern Line
toward Amta
toward Shalimar
Location
Santragachi Junction is located in West Bengal
Santragachi Junction
Santragachi Junction
Location in West Bengal
Santragachi Junction is located in India
Santragachi Junction
Santragachi Junction
Location in India

Railway zonesEdit

 
Santragachi railway station passenger terminal.

The South Eastern Railway serves local trains to Amta, Mecheda, Panskura, Haldia, Kharagpur and Medinipur and mail/express trains to Central, West and South India. Bengal Nagpur Railway, which is now known as South Eastern Railway, was connected to Howrah station in 1900. This time, the 3 mile long short branch from Santragachhi to Shalimar Station was also created for redirecting heavy traffic of export goods, for further carrying them to Kidderpore dock in Kolkata via large ferry steamers.

SignificanceEdit

Earlier Superfast express and mail trains didn't have any stop at Santragachi station. In fact not even a single express train stopped at this station. In the recent days communication between Santragachi and Howrah-Kolkata has improved considerably. Taxi stands and bus stands have been set up to cater to the off board passengers travelling in various directions. There is a dedicated Volvo bus service to connect this area to Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport, Kolkata. All these factors contributed to the rise of Santragachi as an important railway station. Furthermore, people tend to avoid excessive rush in Howrah station and often get down at Santragachi to board cabs and buses. Almost all Howrah/Shalimar bound express/mail trains stop here except a few like Duronto Express and satabdi express . However these express/mail trains starting from Howrah/Shalimar do not stop at Santragachi station in their outward journeys.

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