The entire operations of Indian Railways are divided into zones. Each zone is further divided into sub-divisions. Each Division has a divisional headquarters.
• Currently There are a total of 19 zones (including Metro Railway, Kolkata) and 70 Divisions in the Indian Railway System.
• South Coast Railway zone is the newest zone in India.
• Visakhapatnam is the regional headquarters of the South Coast Railway zone.
History of Railway Zones in India
• Until 2003 there were only 9 Railway zones in India.
• In 2002-03, 7 new railway zones were created, giving a total of 16.
• In 2010, Kolkata Metro Railway was given the status of 17th zone of Indian Railways.
• Additionally, the Konkan Railway has the administrative status of a zone of Indian Railways but is not generally considered a zone for operational purposes.
• In February 2019, South Coast Railway Zone (SCoR) has been announced as the newest railway zone of the Indian Railways.
List of Indian railway zones and their headquarters
|Sl.No||Railway Zone||Headquarters||Railway Divisions|
|1.||Central Railway (C.R.)||Mumbai CSMT (Chatrapati Shivaji Termi)||Mumbai, Bhusawal, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur CR|
|2.||Southern Railway (SR)||Chennai Central||Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram|
|3.||Northern Railway (N.R.)||New Delhi||Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow NR, Moradabad|
|4.||Western Railway (WR)||Church Gate, Mumbai||Mumbai WR, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Vadodara|
|5.||Eastern Railway (ER)||Kolkata||Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda|
|6.||South-Eastern Railway (SER)||Garden Reach, Kolkata||Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi|
|7.||Kolkata Metro Railway||Kolkata||Not Applicable|
|8.||South-Central Railway (SCR)||Secunderabad||Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Nanded|
|9.||North-East Frontier Railway (NEFR)||Maligaon (Guwahati)||Alipurduar, Katihar, Rangiya, Lumding, Tinsukia|
|10.||North-Eastern Railway (NER)||Gorakhpur||Izzatnagar, Lucknow NER, Varanasi|
|11.||East-Central Railway (ECR)||Hazipur||Danapur, Dhanbad, Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Samastipur, Sonpur|
|12.||North-Western Railway (NWR)||Jaipur||Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur|
|13.||East-Coast Railway (ECoR)||Bhubaneshwar||Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Rayagada|
|14.||North-Central Railway (NCR)||Prayagraj (Allahabad)||Prayagraj, Agra, Jhansi|
|15.||South-Western Railway (SWR)||Hubli||Hubballi, Bengaluru, Mysuru|
|16.||West-Central Railway (WCR)||Jabalpur||Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota|
|17.||South-East Central Railway (SECR)||Bilaspur||Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur SEC|
|18.||Southern Coast Railway (SCoR)||Visakhapatnam||Waltair, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal|
|19.||Konkan Railway (KR)||Navi Mumbai||Karwar, Ratnagiri|
Facts about the Railway Zones in India
• Kolkata has the largest number of railway zones in India.
• Kolkata is the headquarters of the Eastern Zone, South Eastern Zone, and Metro Railway zone Kolkata.
• Northern Railway Zone is the largest railway zone in India.
• Metro Railway, Kolkata became the 17th zone of the Indian Railways.
• Southern Railway zone is the oldest railway zone (created on 14 April 1951) in India.
• South Coast Railway Zone (18th) is the new railway zone of India.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Answer: 19 (Including Konkan and Kolkata Metro Railway Zone)
Answer: Southern Railway
Answer: Northern Railways
Answer: Kolkata (3 Railway zones)
Answer: South Coast Railway Zone
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