India Gets World’s Longest Railway Platform at Hubballi in Karnataka

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Indian Railways’ South Western Railway(SWR) zone’s Hubballi got its name registered in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest railway platform in the World at Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji station. The Hubballi stationhas been constructed at a cost of Rs. 20.1 crore, as part of remodelling of the Hubballi yard. To facilitate theeasy receipt and dispatch of trains at Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Hubballi Station, yard remodelling was successfully commissioned with electronic interlocking in February 2021.

Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji Railway station Hubballi, is an important junction in Karnataka. Hubballi is a major hub of trade and commerce in the North Karnataka region. This station is situated on the junction connecting railway lines towards Bengaluru (Davanagere side), Hosapete (Gadag side) and Vasco-Da-Gama/Belagavi (Londa side).

Single-line working towards Gadag, Davangere and Londa was the main bottleneck which caused detention to trains during reception and despatch.

In order to meet the growing needs of the city in addition to the existing 5 platforms, three new platforms have been added. One of which, i.e., platform No. 8 measuring 1507m has earned the distinction as the longest railway platform in the world. Two trains will be flagged off with electric engines, simultaneously from the longest platform.

Salient Features/ Benefits:

Caters to future transportation needs of Hubballi-Dharwad region.

Enhances the operational capacity of the yard, addressing the need to hold/run additional trains in future.

Simultaneously trains can be started in two directions.

Source: Mint