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Bandra
Mumbai Suburban Railway station
General information
Coordinates19°03′16″N 72°50′26″E / 19.054444°N 72.840556°E / 19.054444; 72.840556
Owned byMinistry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s)Western Line, Harbour Line
Platforms7
Tracks8
ConnectionsLine 2
Construction
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
ParkingNo
Bicycle facilitiesNo
Other information
StatusActive
Station codeB (Mumbai Suburban Railway)
BA (Indian Railways)
Fare zoneWestern Railways
History
Opened1869[1]
ElectrifiedYes
Services
Preceding station Mumbai Suburban Railway Following station
Mahim
towards Churchgate
Western line Khar Road
towards Dahanu Road
Mahim Harbour line
Khar Road
towards Goregaon
Location
Bandra is located in India
Bandra
Bandra
Location within India
Bandra is located in Maharashtra
Bandra
Bandra
Bandra (Maharashtra)
Bandra is located in Mumbai
Bandra
Bandra
Bandra (Mumbai)

Bandra (/bæːndra/; station code: B for Suburban services and BA for Indian Railways) is a railway station on the Western Line and Harbour Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. It serves the Bandra suburban area and the commercial area of Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). Bandra Terminus is near to Bandra railway station and serves interstate traffic on the Western Railway.

The station is a Grade-I heritage structure. The other 4 railway stations on Mumbai's heritage list include Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Western Railways Headquarters Building (Churchgate), Byculla railway station and Reay Road railway station.[2]

All fast and slow commuter trains have a halt at this station. Bandra is also directly connected to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus through Harbour Line via Vadala Road. BEST buses are also available from Bandra Terminus bus stand or Bandra (West) bus stand; both being very close to the railway station. Auto rickshaws are also available.

History

Three buildings were completed for the BB&CI railway at Bandora in February 1867. They were to accommodate the slaughterhouse designed by the then Municipal Engineer, Russel Aitkens. The slaughter houses were shifted from Bori Bunder (near the Bori Bunder station) since they offended passengers. Bombay's first Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford, relocated these to Bandra. There were two buildings to store mutton, and one for storing beef. These were located nearly 100 yards South-West of Bandra station.[3] A meat train was commenced by the BB&CI railway, but it was discontinued in January 1879. In 1888, it had two platforms.[3] The main building adjoining the platform no.1 was too completed that year.[4]

Bandora station (today's Bandra station) is mentioned as one of the stations where the first Regular Suburban rail service (commenced on 12 April 1867) halted.[5]

After GIP Railway (today's Central Railway) closed its Mahim Branch (see Mahim Railway station), a joint railway service started between GIPR's Bori Bunder station and Bandora station. There is an interesting anecdote about this service, as reported by The Bombay Gazette of 14 June 1867.[6] The story went that the timings of this joint service interfered with GIPR's own Callian Train (Callian was the old name for Kalyan). The traffic managers of both rail companies agreed upon 9 a.m as the time of departure for that joint train from Bandora. However, later the GIPR traffic manager changed the timings of their Callian train to 15 minutes earlier, the result being, both the trains met at Dadur (Dadar). This led to dispute and whistle of both trains with one another for the right of way at the Parell junction (Parel). The points man would then either allow the Bandora train, or the Callian train first. The Callian train would stop at every station, meaning that when it was allowed first, the Bandora train would also be stopped at some station before (as the writer reported humorously, in the "pleasant" steaming weather), delaying it by 12-15 min by the time it reached its destination. On the other hand, it would arrive 3-5 minutes earlier when let first. This would happen five days a week. The writer said that the issue lay with the GIPR that timed the Callian train within two minutes of the other train. He wrote that this would be seen as simply a case of rivalry and jealousy among both companies by the public. He ended with suggesting that simply pushing the timings of the Callian train back by 5 minutes would remedy the situation.[7]

By 1873, out of the 24 locals that ran daily, 8 halted at Bandra. By 1892, there were 27 Bandra locals, and by 1900, there were 29 Bandra locals.

After the remodeling schemes of Borivali and Virar stations, attention was given for a hump shunting yard at Bandra, due to the inadequacy of goods accommodations at Dadar Junction, Carnac Bridge Goods yard, and Grant Rd goods yard. After the opening of the Mahim link between BB&CI and Bombay port trust railway, the location of the yard was finally determined, and it was set up in 1916. (see diagram below)

Bandra Yard in 1923

Tracks were Quadrupled between Mahim and Bandra in late 1910s. The section was opened for Goods traffic in May 1917, and for Passenger traffic in October 1920. A BB&CI magazine from December 1923 (from which the above information was procured) states that remodeling schemes for the remaining terminal stations i.e., Bandra and Andheri, were under preparation at that time.[5]

Gallery

References

  1. ^ "Historical Milestone". Central Railway. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Heritage Conservation Society's Regulation Guidelines" (PDF). MMR-HCS. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Bandra station inception report indianrailways.gov.in
  4. ^ "Heritage Bandra Railway Station Building Attraction - Mumbai - Mumbai77 - Mumbai City and Travel Guide". 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b Indian Railways document
  6. ^ An online copy of the newspaper. See pg.3 for the article-https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/The_Bombay_Gazette%2C_14_June_1869_%28IA_dli.granth.24332%29.pdf
  7. ^ The newspaper on Wikimedia Commons. See pg.3 middle, titled Bandora Train https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Bombay_Gazette,_14_June_1869_(IA_dli.granth.24332).pdf