Every year, a large number of passengers travel on Indian railways. To meet rising demand, the government has constructed larger and longer platforms. When it comes to the number of platforms, Howrah is the largest station in terms of platform count, with 23 platforms and 26 tracks.
With approximate Route length: 67,956; Running Track length: 99,235; and Total Trackage: 1,26,366 and approximately 7,349 stations, -- (As per this data pdf: https://bit.ly/3okiPj4) -- Indian Railways ranks fourth largest railway network in the world. It is the world's only rail network that is managed by a single body.
Also, in terms of platform length, Gorakhpur Railway Station in India became the world's longest railway platform, followed by Kollam Station, Kharagpur Junction, and Bilaspur Railway Station.
Here is the detailed list-
1. Howrah Junction Railway Station (HWH) – 23 Platforms
In terms of passenger volume per day, Howrah Railway Station is the busiest station. It has 23 platforms and serves over one million passengers per day. A number of Indian cities are well-served by the station. There are 13 weekly trains that run from Bhopal Jn to Kolkata, 1 weekly train that runs from Allahabad Jn to Kolkata, and 1 weekly train that runs from New Delhi to Kolkata.
- Number of Platforms: 23
- Number of Tracks: 26
- Number of Trains Crossing Every Day: 286
2. Sealdah Railway Station (SDAH) – 21 Platforms
Sealdah railway station is an important Kolkata suburb station. Sealdah station has 21 platforms divided into two terminals, northern and southern. Sealdah station's north terminal has 14 platforms, while the south terminal has 7 platforms. This station was built in the mid-nineteenth century!
- Number of Platforms: 21
- Number of Tracks: 28
- Number of Trains Crossing Every Day: 78
3. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) – 18 Platforms
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, or CST, is India's busiest railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was previously known as Victoria Terminus. There are 18 platforms at the Chhatrapati station. Eleven of the eighteen platforms serve long-distance trains departing from Mumbai, while the remaining seven serve local suburban trains. It serves over one million passengers per day.
- Number of Platforms: 18
- Number of Tracks: Multiple
- Number of Trains Crossing Every Day: 130
4. Chennai Central Railway Station (MAS) – 17 Platforms
The Chennai Central railway station is one of the cleanest in the country. The Chennai station has 17 platforms in total. Five of these platforms are used for suburban trains, while the remaining 12 are used for long-distance trains. Chennai Central Railway Station in South India's busiest and most profitable station. This station is served daily by approximately 200 long-distance trains and 257 local trains. It serves over 550,000 passengers per day.
- Number of Platforms: 17
- Number of Tracks: 30
- Number of Trains Crossing Every Day: Over 170
5. New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) – 16 Platforms
New Delhi's railway station is the fourth busiest in the country. The railway station in New Delhi has 16 platforms and serves over 350 trains per day. The station is the largest in India and has the most complex interlocking system in the world. More than 500,000 passengers pass through the New Delhi station every day. From here, the Palace on Wheels train departs and returns.
- Number of Platforms: 16
- Number of Tracks: 18
- Number of Trains Crossing Every Day: 342
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