Banihal railway station

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Banihal
Indian Station
Banihal 2014-08-18 23-37.jpg
LocationBanihal, Jammu and Kashmir
India
Coordinates33°27′03″N 75°11′21″E / 33.4507°N 75.1892°E / 33.4507; 75.1892Coordinates: 33°27′03″N 75°11′21″E / 33.4507°N 75.1892°E / 33.4507; 75.1892
Elevation1,702 m (5,584 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Line(s)Jammu–Baramulla line
Platforms2
Tracks3
Construction
ParkingYes
Other information
Station codeBAHL
Zone(s) Northern Railway zone
Division(s) Firozpur cantt
History
Opened2013
Jammu–Baramulla line
338
330
323
315
307
292
Srinagar–Kargil–Leh line (planned)
281
275
Jhelum Bridge
269
259
252
245
to Pahalgam (planned)
238
231
226
218
(11 kilometres (6.8 mi))
208
Charil
Repora
Laole
Kohli
(7 kilometres (4.3 mi))
Bakkal
Salal
78
53
44
Ramnagar
Tawi Bridge
22
14
10
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Banihal railway station (station code: BAHL), a part of Jammu–Baramulla line, is situated in notified area of Banihal in Ramban district, Jammu and Kashmir. It was commissioned on 26 June 2013 and passenger trains run from Banihal to Qazigund. The station was inaugurated by former prime minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the same day at 2.22 pm. They enjoyed the 12-minute ride in train through Pir panjal tunnel up to Qazigund with 100 students, mostly girls, of the Banihal Higher Secondary School, and made the 17.8-km ride back to Banihal, passing through the tunnel again, the second longest in Asia.[1]

Background[edit]

The station has been built as part of the Jammu–Baramulla line megaproject, intending to link the Kashmir Valley with Jammu Tawi and the rest of the Indian railway network.

Services[edit]

The railway network in Kashmir from Banihal to Baramulla is now 137 km. Five trains run daily from Banihal to Baramulla.

Design[edit]

The RL of the station is 1,702 m (5,584 ft) above mean sea level. Like all the other stations in this megaproject, this station also features Kashmiri wood architecture, with an intended ambience of a royal court which is designed to complement the local surroundings to the station. Station signage is predominantly in Urdu, English and Hindi.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu Newspaper". Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014.