Kozhikode railway station

Coordinates: 11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805
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Kozhikode
Express train and Passenger train station
General information
LocationRailway Station Road, near Apsara Theatre, Kozhikode, Kerala,
India
Coordinates11°14′47″N 75°46′50″E / 11.2465°N 75.7805°E / 11.2465; 75.7805
Elevation11 m (36 ft)
Owned byIndian Railways
Operated bySouthern Railway zone
Line(s)Shoranur–Mangalore section
Platforms4(1,2,3,4)
Tracks6
ConnectionsBus stand, Taxicab stand, Auto rickshaw stand
Construction
Structure typeStandard (on-ground station)
ParkingYes
AccessibleDisabled access
Other information
StatusFunctioning
Station codeCLT
Zone(s) Southern Railway zone
Division(s) Palakkad
History
Opened2 January 1888; 136 years ago (1888-01-02)
ElectrifiedYes
Passengers
2016–1728,463 per day[1]
Rank2 (in Kerala)
1 (in Palakkad division)
Location
Map
Interactive map

Kozhikode railway station also known as Calicut railway station is one of the largest and major railway stations in the state of Kerala, India. At 200 crore (equivalent to 249 crore or US$31 million in 2023) in financial year 2018–19, it is the largest in terms of passenger revenue in Palakkad division.[2] The station has four platforms, two terminals and a total number of six tracks. The first platform has a capacity to accommodate trains with 24 coaches and second & third platform has the capacity to accommodate 20 coaches; and the fourth one has the capacity to accommodate 24 coaches.[3] It heralds as the only A1-graded station in Palghat railway division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers. It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Mangaluru, Jammu Tawi, Goa, Ernakulam and so forth. The other railway stations in the city include Ferok (code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (code: KUL), Vellayil (code: VLL) and West Hill (code: WH).

An integrated security system was installed at the station in 2012 featuring baggage scanners, CCTVs and vehicle scanners.[4] The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on 2 January 2013.[5]

History[edit]

The railway line to Calicut (now Kozhikode) was opened to traffic on 2 January 1888 and at that time was western terminus of the Madras Railway. The first line in Malabar was laid between Chaliyam and Tirur, the former an important port town, back then. With the arrival of the new line to Calicut and its growth as an administrative centre, Chaliyam diminished in significance and the railway line to it was subsequently abandoned.[6]

The station houses several vintage fixtures including a recreation club named the Railway Institute built by the British adjacent to the station in 1888 to serve as a venue for the social life of the Railways' employees, and a cast iron mechanical pump set that was imported from England to pump water into steam locomotives.[7][8] The 125th anniversary of the station was celebrated on 2 January 2013. It has been ranked as "The Cleanest Railway Station of India" in January 2018 .[9]

Infrastructure[edit]

The station has four platforms and two terminals. The first platform has a capacity to accommodate trains with 24 coaches and the third platform 20 coaches. The fourth one has the capacity to accommodate 24 coaches.[10] It heralds as the only A–1 graded station in Palakkad railway division with a daily turnout exceeding 25,000 passengers.[11]

Trains starting from Kozhikode[edit]

# Train No. Route To Distance
1 12075/12076 Kozhikode–Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi Express Thiruvananthapuram Central 400 km
2 06454 Kozhikode-Shornur Express Shoranur Junction 86 km
3 06496 Kozhikode-Shornur Express [a] Shoranur Junction 86 km
4 06481 Kozhikode-Kannur Express Kannur 89 km
  1. ^ In view of corridor block for facilitating maintenance and safety works in various divisions over Southern Railway train no.06496 stands cancelled

Services[edit]

It is one of the major railway stations in Kerala with trains connecting the city to other major cities in India such as Ernakulam,Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai,Coimbatore,Madurai, Bangalore,Mangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai,Hyderabad,Ahmedabad,Kolkata,Surat, Pune,Jaipur,Visakhapatnam, Jammu Tawi, Goa, and so forth. Other railway stations in the city include Ferok (code: FK), Kallayi Kozhikode South (code: KUL), Vellayil railway station (code: VLL) and West Hill railway station (code: WH).[12][13]

Facilities[edit]

An integrated security system was installed at the station in 2012 featuring baggage scanners, CCTVs and vehicle scanners.[14]

  • Reservation counters are open between 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Retirement Rooms (transit lodging facility)
  • Cyber cafe
  • Parcel booking Office
  • Railway Mailing service (RMS) office
  • Railway Protection Force – Circle office
  • IRCTC Restaurants
  • ATMs
  • Pre-Paid autorickshaw counters[15]
  • Pre-paid parking space[16]
  • Escalator and elevator systems[17]
  • Battery operated car facility for differently abled persons and senior citizens

ATMs[edit]

The following bank-ATMs are available at the railway station:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Categorisation of Stations – Palakkad Division" (PDF). Southern Railway Zone – Indian Railways. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Kerala railway stations ahead in passenger fare income". Manoramaonline.com. Thrissur. 1 January 2016. Archived from the original on 3 January 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "50 CCTVS at railway station". The Hindu. 25 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Kozhikode rail station to celebrate anniversary". The Hindu. 11 October 2012.
  6. ^ "A milestone". The Hindu. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Relics of a bygone era wither away". The Hindu. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ "An old giant, forgotten". The Hindu. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Kozhikode rail station to celebrate anniversary". The Hindu. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Kozhikode station has 4 platforms and platform capacity". The Hindu. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 21 August 2007.
  11. ^ "A case for better railway facilities in Kozhikode". The Hindu. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  12. ^ "West Hill as Kozhikode North Station".
  13. ^ "Vellayil as Kozhikode North". The Hindu. 14 July 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008.
  14. ^ "50 CCTVs at railway station". The Hindu. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Prepaid auto service launched". The Hindu. 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  16. ^ "Protest against high parking fee at railway station". The Hindu. 24 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  17. ^ "A new step in Kozhikode railway station's journey to world-class status". The Hindu. 4 October 2013.

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