Durgapur is a railway station( recently declared by the Indian Railways as a MODEL STATION) on the Bardhaman-Asansol section. It is located in Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It serves Durgapur, the fourth most populous city in West Bengal, and the surrounding industrial areas.
The first passenger train in eastern India ran from Howrah to Hooghly on 15 August 1854. The track was extended to Raniganj by 1855
The entire belt between Durgapur (158 km from Howrah), and all the way up to Dhanbad and beyond is industrialized. Apart from factories, there are many coalmines, some closed now, and some with fires burning deep in the mineshafts. The mining area extends for a large area, mostly to the south of the tracks. Quite a portion of the track passes through cuttings, where the surrounding area is higher than the track level, resulting in the profusion of characteristic small masonry bridges crossing the tracks.” This description is from “Gomoh loco shed and CLW trip record” by Samit Roychoudhury.
Durgapur is in the Bardhaman District of West Bengal, on the bank of the Damodar River, just before it enters the alluvial plains of Bengal. The topography is undulating. The coal-bearing area of the Raniganj coalfields lies just beyond Durgapur; some parts intrude into the area. The area was deeply forested till recent times, and some streaks of the original Sal and eucalyptus forests can still be seen
Durgapur is the second planned city of India after Chandigarh and has the only operational dry (inland) port in Eastern India. It is one of the six Municipal Corporations in West Bengal.
Durgapur is by far the most industrialised city in eastern India and the second planned city in India. It started with the first prime minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru. His dream of transforming the backward agricultural country into an industrially advanced nation was picked up in West Bengal by Dr. B.C. Roy. At the earlier stages for the selection of a proper site for a new industrial township, Jnananjan Niyogi, a great business organiser and planner, was involved.
Some trains are originate and passes through Durgapur Railway Station:
15234:Darbhanga – Kolkata Express
15236:Darbhanga – Howrah Express
15272:Muzzafarpur – Howrah JanSadharan Express
12321:Howrah Mumbai Mail
13135:Kolkata Jaynagar Express
15050:Gorakhpur Kolkata Express
15052:Gorakhpur Kolkata Express
13165:Kolkata – Sitamarhi Express
13426:Surat Malda Express