India has the largest network of railways. The Indian Railways is divided into 16 zones of which the Eastern Railway forms an important part. Initially known as East India Railway Company, this network helped connect east India with Delhi. The history of the Eastern Railway Company begins with the incorporation of the link in 1845. The first train from this company ran between Howrah and Hooghly in 1853, which set the stage for later developments. Later, the control was taken over by the British Government. Later, many regions were carved from this link leading to the formation of other important zones adding to the expansion of the Indian Railways.
The headquarters is located in Kolkata further divided into four divisions- Malda, Howrahm, Saldah, and Asansol. This railway zone comprises three workshops as well which are specific in manufacturing wagons and other purposes, which are present in Liluah, Jamalpur and Kanchrapara. The Eastern Railway currently stretched up to 4245.61 kms in September 2002. This zone offers some of the fastest Indian trains running in the sub continent. One of the most popular trains, which resonate with speed, is the Rajdhani Express. There are other super fast and long distance running trains, which are specially incorporated to compensate the large-scale passengers traveling in this region. To the east, the railways in this zone stretch touching Bangladesh while reaching upto Malda and Kiul in the north. In the south, they reach Kakdwip while they touch Asanol to the west.
Eastern Railways- The Link to Industrial Growth
The Eastern Railway plays an essential role in the Indian economy. Not only do they cover the major dense areas of population, but they also cover the mineral rich regions of the country along with the regions of the country majoring with agriculture and industries. The importance of this zone is revealed in the fact that many of the suburban regions coming under this zone have been electrified and some others are in the process of getting the much-needed makeover. The amount of traffic coming under this region consists of 86 percent of coal. The important power industries need the coal that is been transported by the Eastern Railway. Other raw materials such as steel, iron, jute, cement, textiles, tea, and automobiles are also transported by them.
The IRCTC offers all the details on its website stating the reservation details, ticket availability along with the timetable and schedule about the Eastern Railway. The step has prompted a very steep increase in online booking by which people can book their ticket in minutes along with easy cancellation and confirmation of the details. With such facilities, no wonder, railways are still the backbone of Indian economy.