Some of the great survey experts have submitted the stats about Indian railways. According to them, Indian Railways is one of the largest railway networks in the world. It stretches over 65808 km across the country. A lot of trains cover the whole country. With several trains and stations in the country, every city is interconnected with several junctions to divide the trains. There are plenty of stations in India which has up to 15 platforms. Here are some of the largest stations in India that have highest number of platforms.
Well, Gorakhpur must top the list as it is the longest railway station in the country along with Kharagpur, Kollam and Bilaspur. But when it comes to platform count, Howrah is the leader with up to 26 tracks and 23 platforms. In Eastern Railways, Howrah Junction is one of the leading railway stations. It connects almost all zonal trains like Central Railways, South Eastern Railway and North Eastern Railways. In fact, most of the major trains in India halt here and connect Indians to all parts of the nation. It has up to 23 platforms for both commuter trains and long-distance ones.
Serving Kolkata City, Howrah is one of four stations on the west bank of River Hooghly. It is one of the busiest stations in India. The 26 tracks are categorized into Terminal 2 and Terminal 1.
Sealdah is a leading suburban railway station which is serving the city of Kolkata with 20 platforms. The north terminals consist of 13 platforms and south terminal has 7 platforms. It is yet another major station serving the city of Kolkata in West Bengal. Like Howrah, it hosts lots of trains and serves stations with its huge structure. It performs a vital role to distribute zonal trains across the nation. Sealdah is also the heart of the nation.
Positioned on the western side of the nation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the key station for Mumbai. Much like two above cities, Mumbai CST station has around 18 platforms to keep the whole station busy. This station is also famous for being one of the most beautiful stations in India. It was previously known as Victoria Terminus (VT) and it has become UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the headquarter of Central Railways. It receives up to 154 passenger trains that pass through, start and end here. Total 591 stations in India are connected to CST directly via 269 passenger trains.
Next in this list is none other than capital city of India. New Delhi railway station is yet another busiest station in India. It has been recorded with 16 platforms in terminus that receives up to 350 trains every day across the station. The NDLS or New Delhi Station is located between Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate. In India, it is the busiest railway station when it comes to both passenger and train movement. It hosts up 500,000 passengers every day. It has world’s largest route interlocking system. A lot of southbound and eastbound trains start at New Delhi station. A lot of pairs of Shatabdi Express trains start and end here.
It has recorded 15 platforms, making it one of the busiest stations in India. It is indeed one of the core business centers in India and it attracts large number of visitors due to lots of trains. Also known as Madras Central, the Chennai Central station is located opposite to Southern Railway headquarters. The 142-year-old architecture of the station makes it one of the major landmarks of the city.