Bokaro Steel City to get second Railway Station

BOKARO: Steel City will soon get a second railway station close to Sector-9 area. Adra Railway Division authorities said the process to develop Ispat Nagar station as the stoppage of passenger trains has already been initiated.

Currently, only goods train run on the Ispat Nagar station route. Developing Ispat Nagar Station, railway authorities said, will be helpful to local passengers who travel on Bhojudih-Adra and Howrah route. The existing Bokaro railway station is about nine kilometres away from the city.

Bhaskar, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Adra railway division, said assessing the growing need of the residents, the railway department has decided to use the 20-year-old Ispat Nagar station route for passenger trains too.

“The railway tracks installed in Ispat Nagar station is presently fit for goods trains only. We have begun the process to upgrade the railway tracks, making it fit for passenger trains. Development of Ispat Nagar station route will be an alternative of Chandil route. Local trains running on the Howrah route can be diverted through Ispat Nagar as per the need,” Bhaskar said.

The senior manager added that once the railway tracks are enhanced, the route from N Cabin- Ispat Nagar Station- Chas- Banghdih-Telgadia- Bhojudih- Shivbabudih will be open for passenger trains. Meanwhile, railways have begun improving basic amenities in smaller stations like Radhagaon, Pundag and Tupkadih.

About Bokaro Steel City

Bokaro Steel City is a railway station on the Gomoh-Muri branch line and Adra-Bokaro Steel City branch line. It is located in Bokaro district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It lies at the edge of Jharia Coalfield and serves Bokaro Steel City, and the surrounding mining-industrial area.

The railway station and the surrounding areas were earlier called Maraphari, in what was then Hazaribagh district. The surrounding areas are still referred to as Maraphari. With the construction of the Bokaro Steel Plant, the railway station was renamed Bokaro Steel City.

Amongst the railway lines earlier laid in the area was the Grand Chord of East Indian Railway Company which was opened in 1906. With the opening up of coalfields in the area between Gomoh and Barkakana, came the Gomoh-Barkakana line in 1927. The Bengal Nagpur Railway built the line from Nagpur to Asansol and opened it for goods traffic in 1891. The line was extended to Gomoh in 1907 and the Mohuda-Chandrapura link came in 1913.

The construction of the 143 kilometres (89 mi) long Chandrapura-Muri-Ranchi-Hatia line started in 1957 and was completed in 1961.

Railway lines in the Bokaro area (including Bokaro Steel City Yard) were electrified in 1986-89.

Diesel Loco Shed BOKARO STEEL CITY– Also large yard for Bokaro Steel Plant, having WDM-2, WDM-3A, WDS-6 loco. Loco spotted in a distinctive green/red livery. Current holding of 66 (WDM2-29, WDM3A-20, WDG3A-21, WDS6-12) locos (10/13) for Bokaro Steel Plant and other purpose.

Electric Loco Shed– New shed commissioned in 2011 with WAG-5 transferred from other sheds. Holds a few WAG-7 as well. Current holding capacity is 91 (WAG5-46, WAG7-45) Locos.