Haridwar Junction
Railway station
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LocationNH 58, Haridwar, Haridwar district, Uttarakhand
India
Coordinates29°56′54″N 78°9′19″E / 29.94833°N 78.15528°E / 29.94833; 78.15528
Elevation294.00 metres (964.57 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated byNorthern Railway zone
Line(s)Laksar–Dehradun line
Platforms12 (5 terminal platforms)
Tracks13
Construction
Structure typeOn ground
ParkingYes
Other information
StatusOperating
Station codeHW
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Moradabad
History
Opened1886; 135 years ago (1886)
ElectrifiedYes
Location
Haridwar Junction
Haridwar Junction
Location within Uttarakhand

Haridwar railway station (Station code: HW), is one of the major railway stations in Haridwar district, Uttarakhand, India. It falls under the Moradabad division of the Northern Railway zone of the Indian Railways.

Haridwar was first connected with railways, via Laksar, through branch line in 1886, when the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway line was extended through Roorkee to Saharanpur Junction, this was later extended to Dehradun in 1906.[1]

Overview

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The station is situated on the Laksar–Dehradun railway line for connecting Delhi, Howrah and rest of India. One of the main railheads of the Northern Railway zone, Haridwar Junction railway station is connected by broad-gauge lines. The station is situated on the NH 58 in the Devpura locality of Haridwar. The nearby station of Rishikesh is connected to Haridwar on a branch line. Towards west, the major railhead is at Saharanpur (76 km) and going north, the major railhead is at Dehradun (52 km).

Location

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The railway station is located on the south side of the town, within walking distance of most hotels. A tourist information center is provided by the railway department to help travelers. Computerized reservation facility is offered. In front of the railway station is the UTC Roadways Bus Station of Haridwar offering regular services to places in and around Haridwar such as Delhi and to all major destinations in North India including Mussoorie, Meerut, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly, Shimla, Dehradun, Badrinath, Nainital, Ranikhet and Uttarkashi. Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport located about (42 km) in Dehradun.The station is also one of the major rail-heads to the famous pilgrimage "Char-Dham" and other tourist stations.[2] Haridwar is considered one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism in India and it is continuing to expand and thrive with spiritual centres,educational Institutions and has witnessed great demographic flow.

Infrastructure and amenities

Haridwar Railway Station has recently been renovated with retiring room and waiting halls.[2] The station has also been provided with new escalators and lifts in order to facilitate passengers, especially senior citizens, disabled people, women, and child travellers. Additional facilities like pay and use toilet, coach guidance system from platform 1 to platform 4 has been installed. Security system has been upgraded in the station with Indian Railways providing new Railway Protection Force (RPF) and GRP (Government Railway Police) stations which will serve as prompt emergency centre for security needs as well as for reporting crimes in addition to providing comfort and conveniences to the security forces. As Haridwar has large foot fall throughout the year and hence CCTV surveillance has been upgraded which provides close watch and strengthen security at the station. Northern Railway zone has also been modernising works including washable aprons for coach maintenance, improvements to parking and circulating area, provision of foot-over-bridges, providing second entry, facade lighting with provision of LED lighting, station building improvements with allied works like improvements to platform surface, PF shelters.

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References

  1. ^ Trade and Communications The Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 21, p. 375.
  2. ^ a b Devanjana, Nag (11 January 2019). "Indian Railways upgrades Haridwar station! From renovated retiring room to waiting halls; know what's new". The Financial Express. Financial Express. Retrieved 11 February 2021.