Ambattur railway station

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Ambattur
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
Chennai Ambattur railway station EntranceView.jpg
Main entrance of the Ambattur railway station
Location Varadarajapuram, Ambattur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates 13°06′52″N 80°09′09″E / 13.114342°N 80.152524°E / 13.114342; 80.152524Coordinates: 13°06′52″N 80°09′09″E / 13.114342°N 80.152524°E / 13.114342; 80.152524
Owned by Ministry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s) West, West North and West South lines of Chennai Suburban Railway
Platforms 3
Tracks 7
Construction
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Parking Available
Other information
Station code ABU
Fare zone Southern Railways
History
Electrified 29 November 1979[1]
Previous names South Indian Railway
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 30,000/day[2]

Ambattur railway station is one of the railway station of the Chennai CentralArakkonam section of the Chennai Suburban Railway Network. It serves the neighbourhood of Ambattur, a suburb of Chennai located 17 km west of the city centre. It is situated at Varadarajapuram in Ambattur, with an elevation of 19.18 metres above sea level.

History[edit]

Platform 1 with the name board at the station (a view towards west)

The first lines in the station were electrified on 29 November 1979, with the electrification of the Chennai Central–Tiruvallur section. Additional lines at the station were electrified on 2 October 1986, with the electrification of the VillivakkamAvadi section.[1]

On 21 January 1946 at 4.15 p.m., Mahatma Gandhi visited the station, who was received by Kamaraj.[citation needed]

Layout[edit]

Main lines visible at the right (a view towards west)
Suburban lines at the station (a view towards west)

The station has seven tracks, including three loop lines, and has three platforms. The first platform is a side platform and houses the station's entrance and the ticket counter. The second and third platforms lie on an island platform. The platforms are connected by means of a footbridge. A second footbridge built at the level crossing connects the northern and southern sides of the neighbourhood. In 2001, Southern Railways renovated the footbridge at the level crossing at a cost of 400,000.[3]

A railway concrete sleeper manufacturing company is located at the northwestern side of the station, which is served by loop lines radiating from the station.[citation needed]

As of 2013, the station handles about 30,000 passengers a day.[2]

Development[edit]

According to a railway release in 2008, there are plans to develop the station as a coaching terminal (satellite terminal) for Chennai Central railway station, on the lines of Tambaram station being developed as a terminal for Egmore railway station.[4]

In June 2014, the station was renovated in a major way after decades of neglect.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. IRFCA.org. Retrieved 17 Nov 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Go northwest, but don't take a train". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 28 Apr 2013. 
  3. ^ Bhattacharya, Saptarshi (17 June 2001). "Most foot overbridges at rail stations in a state of disuse". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 26 Aug 2012. 
  4. ^ "Plans to develop Avadi or Ambattur railway station". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 23 Aug 2012. 
  5. ^ Nicholas, Naomi (22–28 June 2014). "Rly station gets new look". Ambattur Talk. Chennai: Ambattur Talk. p. 8. 

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