|Indian Railways station|
|Location||Station Road, Giridih, Giridih district, Jharkhand|
|Elevation||289 metres (948 ft)|
|Zone(s)||Eastern Railway zone|
Giridih railway station
Location in Jharkhand
Giridih railway station, station code GRD, is the main railway station serving the city of Giridih, the headquarters of Giridih district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Giridih station also serves as a gateway for the Jain pilgrims visiting Parasnath. Giridih is located at. It has an elevation of 289 metres (948 ft).
Giridih station is a terminal station located on the western end of Madhupur–Giridih line of the Asansol railway division in the Eastern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The Madhupur–Giridih route is a single-line broad-gauge between the two main railway stations Giridih and Madhupur Junction. The total length of the route is 38 kilometres (24 mi). It has a single platform and handles a total of 14 trains daily.
Giridih railway station was built as a railway siding in 1871 by the British government in India (prior to the India's independence in 1947) mainly for transport of mineral reserve from the region. The contract for the railway siding was awarded in 1865 and the construction was completed in 1871. In 1901 the railway siding was converted into a railway station. The siding is owned by Central Coalfields.
A 110 km (68 mi) track from Koderma to Maheshmunda was constructed. This extended the Madhupur–Giridih railway line to Koderma, effectively making it a Madhupur–Giridih–Koderma line. A new station was built on Maheshmunda–Koderma section named as New Giridih (NGRH) which leaves out the already existing station Giridih (GRD) on this route, also making Maheshmunda a junction station. On 16 February 2019, Eastern Railway in its press-release announced a passenger train service w.e.f. 25 February 2019 from Koderma to Madhupur via New Giridih.
There are plans from the Railway ministry to connect New Giridih with Parasnath via Madhuban, for the convenience of the Jain pilgrims visiting Shikharji. The foundation for the construction of new Parasnath–New Giridih rail line was laid in 2019. The 47 km-long railway line would incur a cost of Rs 972 crore on its construction and will have two crossing stations and a couple of halts. The cost of the project would be borne by the central and the state government in 50:50 ratio and a target has been set to complete the project by 2023.
There are other proposals as well to connect New Giridih with Dhanbad Junction via Tundi and Govindpur, and with Jhajha via Bengabad, Chakai and Sono. The first phase of the Jhajha–New Giridih rail line involves 20 km-long Jhajha–Batia section, the foundation for which was laid in 2019 and which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 496 crore.
The major facilities available are waiting rooms, toilets, computerized reservation facility, reservation counter, and two wheeler and four wheeler vehicle parking. The vehicles are allowed to enter the station premises.
Currently there is a single platform apart from the railway siding that was built earlier.
|G||Street level||Exit/Entrance & ticket counter|
|P1||Side platform, No-1 doors will open on the left|
|Track 1||Madhupur ← toward|
|Track 2||Madhupur ← toward|
Giridih terminal station handles trains five times daily except Thursdays and four times on Thursday. The passenger trains are run by Eastern Railway zone. Following are the trains arriving and departing from Giridih railway station.
|Sl.No.||TRAIN NO.||TRAIN NAME|
The nearest airports to Giridih railway station are: