Giridih
Indian Railways station
Giridih railway station - Entrance.jpg
Giridih railway station building
General information
LocationStation Road, Giridih, Giridih district, Jharkhand
India
Coordinates24°10′56″N 86°18′49″E / 24.18222°N 86.31361°E / 24.18222; 86.31361Coordinates: 24°10′56″N 86°18′49″E / 24.18222°N 86.31361°E / 24.18222; 86.31361
Elevation289 metres (948 ft)
Line(s)Madhupur–Giridih
Platforms1
Tracks3
Construction
ParkingAvailable
Other information
StatusFunctional
Station codeGRD[1]
Zone(s) Eastern Railway zone
Division(s) Asansol
History
Opened1871; 151 years ago (1871)
Rebuilt2020
Electrified2020
Passengers
6000+ daily
Location
Giridih railway station is located in Jharkhand
Giridih railway station
Giridih railway station
Location in Jharkhand

Giridih railway station, station code GRD,[1] 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.[2] Giridih is located at 24°11′N 86°18′E / 24.18°N 86.3°E / 24.18; 86.3.[3] 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.[4] 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.

History

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.[5] The siding is owned by Central Coalfields.[6]

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.[7]

Further extension

There are plans from the Railway ministry to connect New Giridih with Parasnath via Madhuban, for the convenience of the Jain pilgrims visiting Shikharji.[8] 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,[9] 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.

Facilities

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.

Platforms

Currently there is a single platform apart from the railway siding that was built earlier.

Station layout

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

Trains

Giridih terminal station handles trains five times daily except Thursdays and four times on Thursday.[10] The passenger trains are run by Eastern Railway zone. Following are the trains arriving and departing from Giridih railway station.[11][12]

Passenger Trains
Sl.No. TRAIN NO. TRAIN NAME
1 53511 Madhupur–Giridih Passenger
2 53512 Giridih–Madhupur Passenger
3 53513 Madhupur–Giridih Passenger
4 53514 Giridih–Madhupur Passenger
5 53515 Madhupur–Giridih Passenger
6 53516 Giridih–Madhupur Passenger
7 53517 Madhupur–Giridih Passenger
8 53518 Giridih–Madhupur Passenger
9 53519 Madhupur–Giridih Passenger
10 53520 Giridih–Madhupur Passenger

Nearest airports

The nearest airports to Giridih railway station are:

  1. Deoghar Airport, Deoghar 71 kilometres (44 mi)
  2. Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, Durgapur 140 kilometres (87 mi)
  3. Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi 185 kilometres (115 mi)
  4. Gaya Airport 193 kilometres (120 mi)
  5. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna 243 kilometres (151 mi)
  6. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata 314 kilometres (195 mi)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Indian railway codes". Indian Railways. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Asansol Division, At a Glance". Eastern Railway. Archived from the original on 18 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc – Giridih". Fallingrain.com. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Giridih Tourism". Official Website of Giridih. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  5. ^ Akhtar, Shahnawaz (20 August 2009). "Ignored, Giridih station cries for care – Pilgrim spot fetches Rs 25cr for railways, but denied express trains". The Telegraph. Calcutta. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Colliery Sidings East Railway". Eastern Railway. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Railways conduct trialrun on newly built track on Dhanbad Division". The Times of India. 27 March 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Giridih lauds Didi's budget – 'Madhuban link a blessing'". The Telegraph. Calcutta. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  9. ^ "मोदी सरकार ने खींचा धनबाद-गिरिडीह के बीच रेल लाइन का खाका". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ Akhtar, Shahnawaz (19 May 2008). "Coal mafia chokes trains". The Telegraph. Calcutta. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Trains to Giridih". India Rail Info. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Trains from Giridih". India Rail Info. Retrieved 31 March 2012.