Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. Indian Railways reaches over 2.5 million passengers daily to its destination with over 40 lakh passengers working as its employees. Let’s see the Top 10 Busiest Railway Stations in India
1. Howra Junction
Howrah railway station is the busiest railway station in the country according to the number of passengers arriving daily. Its 23 platforms are serving more than 1 million people daily. This railway station has the record of having the highest number of platforms as well as being the busiest platform.
2. Kanpur Central
Kanpur Central Station is one of the busiest stations of North Central Railway. More than 280 trains pass through here every day. It also holds the record for the largest interlocking route system in the world with Delhi station. Every day 3 lakh passengers come from this station. Kanpur Central has 10 platforms.
3. New Delhi Railway Station
New Delhi railway station is the busiest railway station in the country in terms of train frequency and passenger movement. Approximately 400 trains start, end, or pass through the station daily, handling 5 lakh passengers daily with 16 platforms.
4 Kalyan Railway Junction, Mumbai
Kalyan Junction is the third busiest station of Mumbai Suburban Railway along with being the major railway station of Mumbai rail network. There are 8 platforms at the Kalyan station, serving suburban and long distance trains. Every day 3.5 lakh passengers and about 250 trains come from this station.
5. Vijayawada Railway-Station
Vijayawada railway station is one of the busiest railway junctions of Indian Railways, with more than 400 freight and passenger trains. This is classified as A-1 station and one of the ten model stations of Vijayawada division in India. There are 10 platforms at this station and around 5 lakh people come from here everyday.
6. Patna Junction,Bihar
Patna railway station is one of the busiest rail routes in India, situated between New Delhi and Kolkata. About 173 trains start, end or pass through the station daily. Located in the city center, it is the main railway station of Patna.
7. Prayagraj railway station, Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad railway junction, officially known as Prayagraj Junction, is a headquarters of the North Central Railway zone. Allahabad is one of the top hundred booking stations of the Indian Railways. This station has a total of 10 Paltfoms which serves 8 lakh passengers daily.
8. Chennai Central, Tamil Nadu
Chennai Central, formerly called Madras Central. The station has 15 railway platforms to handle long distance trains with three platforms specially dedicated for suburban trains. In fact, around five lakh fifty thousand passengers use the terminus daily, making it one of the busiest railway stations in South India.
9. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, is the largest train terminus in Mumbai and one of the most congested railway stations in India. This railway station was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004 and serves as the headquarters of the Central Railway. There are 18 bay platforms in this terminus, out of which seven platforms are for suburban trains and eleven platforms are for inter city trains. Every day more than 1,250 local and long distance trains operate from its 18 platforms. Also they carry more than 10 lakh passengers per day.
10. Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction is one of the busiest railway junctions in India, this junction is the largest railway marshal yard in Asia with about 450-500 trains a month and all formerly bound Rajdhani trains stop at this station. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction was earlier called Mughal Sarai Station. With eight platforms, an average of 127 trains pass through this station.
These are the top 10 busiest railway stations of Indian Railways.