Every year, the number of people using the Indian railways for commutation is more than the population of Australia. To satisfy the growing demand, the government has built larger and longer platforms. We all know that Gorakhpur railway station is the longest station in the world in terms of length. However, when it comes to the number of platforms, the list is quite different.
Here are the top big railway stations in India with the highest number of platforms.
1. Howrah Junction - 23 Platforms
Howrah Junction is one of the four major stations of Kolkata. The station has 23 platforms and stands as the top station with the largest number of platforms in India. These platforms hold 26 tracks, and it is one of the busiest railway stations in the country. In terms of traveler volume per day, the Howrah Junction stands first in India.
2. Sealdah Railway Station - 20 Platforms
Sealdah railway station is a suburban railway station of Kolkata. This station holds 20 platforms divided into two terminals, the northern and southern. This station serves trains that cover nooks and corners of Kolkata. Every day, more than 1.8 million people use this station for commutation. This station started its service in the mid 19th century. Until 1978, this station was a tram terminus.
3. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - 18 Platforms
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai is the busiest railway station in the country. The station holds 18 platforms. Eleven of those eighteen are dedicated for long-distance trains out of Mumbai and seven serves suburban trains covering suburbs of Mumbai. This station is both commercially and historically important landmarks of Mumbai.
4. Chennai Central - 17 Platforms
The Chennai Central station is one of the many stations in Chennai and it holds 17 platforms. Two of these platforms are dedicated exclusively to the suburban trains. The remaining 15 platforms are for long-distance trains. Chennai Central is the busiest and most profitable station in South India. This station is also tagged as one of the cleanest stations of the country. Around 200 long haul trains and 257 local trains serve this station, every day.
5. New Delhi Railway Station - 16 Platforms
The New Delhi railway station has 16 platforms. These platforms serve more than 350 trains daily. This station is one of the busiest stations in the country. The station holds the record for being the largest in the country and the most complex interlocking system in the world. This station handles more than 500,000 passengers per day, and the volume increases several folds during weekends and holiday seasons.This station serves as a starting and ending point for Palace on Wheels train.
6. Kanpur Central Station - 14 Platforms
This station was called the Cawnpore North Barracks station in the past. This is one of the top busy central stations of the country and second busiest in terms of volume of passengers. The station has 14 platforms serving more than 2.3 million passengers every day, with a frequency of 611 trains every day. This station stands first in terms of the number of connections located in a single station in India. According to the government report, this is the most profitable station in the country.
7. Allahabad Junction - 12 Platforms
Allahabad Junction has 12 platforms and 19 tracks. This junction lies on the line between Howrah and Delhi, Howrah and Mumbai, and other important routes. This junction mainly serves locations around Allahabad and a few long-distance destinations. However, many major route trains pass through this station, making it one of the busy stations of India.
8. Patna Junction - 10 Platforms
The Patna Junction holds 10 platforms covering 15 tracks. The Patna Junction lies between Delhi and Kolkata, making it a commercially important station. Around 4 lakhs passengers use this junction every day. This junction is recognized as the station connected with the most number of cities in the country. Thus, the junction has a complex system and busy routes.
9. Ahmedabad Junction - 12 Platforms
This station is the biggest in the state of Gujarat and the second profitable station in the Western Railway Division. The station has 12 platforms, and it serves hundreds of trains every day. The station is famous for its long list of amenities like golf carts, VIP lounge, elevators, escalators, and others. The locals still refer to this station as Kalupur Station.
10. Vijayawada Junction Railway Station - 10 Platforms
This station holds 10 platforms and 22 tracks. This station is the fourth busiest railway station in India, serving more than 1.4 lakh passengers every day with 180 trains and 150 freight carriers. This station was built at the end of the 19th century. It was one of the most important junctions during the British rule to connect the southern states with Howrah, New Delhi, Mumbai and others. Today, this is one of the busiest stations in the country.
11. Bangalore City Railway Station - 10 Platforms
This station holds 10 platforms and is the second busiest station in the Southern railway zone. Every day, more than 250 thousand passengers use this station for long-distance and metro traveling. This station is famous for its triple electric lines. This station is an important part of the Mysore-Bangalore line, making it a commercially important station.
12. Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station - 9 Platforms
This station is one of the two main stations in Lucknow. This station holds 9 platforms and 26 tracks. Numerous important lines pass through this station, making it one of the busiest stations in the country. It is also one of the most beautiful stations with a unique Mughal Garden in the front, pillars resembling chess coins, and others. This station serves both long haul trains and metro trains.
13. Varanasi Junction - 9 Platforms
Varanasi Junction/ Benaras Junction holds 9 platforms and thirteen tracks. This station serves the Varanasi City. This is the 30th busiest station, and during religious times, the volume increases several folds. Every day, more than 250 passenger trains serve this junction. This station is one of the cleanest stations in the country.
14. Mughalsarai Junction - 8 Platforms
This station holds 8 platforms and is famous for being Asia's largest marshaling yard. It serves more than 500 trains every month in this yard. This station was built in the mid 19th century and today, it serves many important trains including all the East Rajdhani Expresses. It is one of the busy stations in the country. Recently in 2018, the station was renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction.
15. Kalyan Junction - 8 Platforms
Kalyan Junction is a part of the Mumbai railway system. Due to its strategic location in a commercial area, the number of passengers choosing Kalyan Junction is increasing every year. This station has 8 platforms and it serves both local suburb trains and the long-distance intra-state train. This station is the third busiest railway station inthe Mumbai region.