Indian Railways is the largest employer in India with the staff of 1 million. It carries up to 23 million passengers and loads up to 1.3 million tons of freight every day. India has around 8000 railway stations serving around 14300 trains daily. People are expecting stations to be cleaner, with more dustbins, without eatables, more staff, and CCTV surveillance due to the introduction of Swacch Bharat Campaign by PM Narendra Modi. The cleanliness has been outsourced at several major train stations in India. Here are the cleanest and biggest railway stations in India.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the busiest railway station in India, stretching up to 2.85 hectares of land. The architecture is literally very beautiful which showcases the combination of both Victorian and Indian culture. The terminus has 11 outstation tracks and 7 suburban tracks. Headquarter of Central Railways; Mumbai CST serves around 3 million passengers every day. It is also the UNESCO heritage site.
It is one of the busiest and biggest railway stations in Kerala. It has up to 300,000 daily commuters traveling to and fro Kerala. It is a well-maintained and clean railway station with 5 platforms. The premises have book stalls, restaurants, internet browsing centers and a place to rest. It has latest security measures with video surveillance.
As the name suggests ‘Charbagh’, this station has four gardens at the front. It is one of the cleanest stations in the country. You can find the essence of Awadhi, Rajput and Mughal empires in its architecture. It appears like a chess board from aerial view. It has 9 platforms.
The fascinating part of this station is that it has world’s largest route interlocking system. It is one of the largest railway stations and third busiest in India. The railway station has two entrances, i.e. from Ajmeri Gate and Pahar Ganj. The station has 16 platforms handling up to 5 Lakh commuters and 350 trains daily.
It is located in Odisha state and one of the busiest booking stations in India. The railway junction is beautiful, clean and stunning. The architecture and design are inspired from a world-famous monument, Barabati Fort.
It is one of the most attractive, well-maintained and stunning railway stations in India. It has the daily traffic of up to 350,000 passengers. It has 15 platforms, of which 3 are dedicated to suburban trains only. It is stretched over 950m.
It is one of the oldest stations in the country. Located on the bank of Hooghly River, Howrah Junction has maximum train handling capacity with 26 platforms. It is among the four intercity stations operating for Kolkata.
Secunderabad station is clean, large and one of the best train stations in the country. It has daily traffic of up to 1 lakh passengers and 10 platforms. All tracks of the stations are electrified and broad gauged. It is fully loaded with advanced security measures.
It is located in Tamil Nadu state. Tiruchirapalli railway station has ten well-maintained platformed. It is the second busiest and largest railway station in Southern Railway zone. It is well known for electricity conservation. It is the award-winning station for maintaining bogies of passenger trains and locomotives.
Ghum is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling, West Bengal. It is one of the cleanest and beautiful stations that has dirt-free railway track. It is the highest station in India and 14th highest in the world. It is located around 7407 ft. above the sea level.