Pune : Deccan Express – Pune news | The Pune Railway Station, built by the British and having the status of a heritage structure, turned 97 on Tuesday (July 27). It is the oldest railway station in the State after Mumbai and Thane.
Initially, the Pune Railway Station was connected to Mumbai; however, it expanded in the course of time. Currently, a restricted number of trains are passing through the station while the number of commuters is also lower than usual. Normally, around 225 trains pass through the station while around two lakh passenger footfall is witnessed at the station. Since more expansion cannot be carried out due to the space constraint at the Pune Railway Station, the Hadapsar Railway Station is being expanded.
The British prepared the blueprint of the railway station in 1915. The station was built in 1925 under the guidance of Architect P. Wilson. The station was inaugurated in the presence of Mumbai Governor Sir Leslie Wilson. He had arrived by a special train at the Pune Railway Station for the occasion. The station was built at a cost of Rs 5.79 lakh. The Pune Railway Station was honoured as the Model Railway Station 20 years ago. The station enjoys the distinction of having the first double-decker train Sinhagad Express in Asia and the electrification of the Pune-Mumbai railway route. Railway Passengers Group’s Harsha Shah said that the foundation day of the railway station is being celebrated on Tuesday.