KARNATAKA (Metro Rail News): The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the world’s longest railway platform at Shree Siddharoodha Swamiji station in Hubballi, Karnataka, during his visit to the state on March 12th. As part of the Indian Railways’ station remodeling initiative, the railway platform has been constructed with an investment of Rs 20.1 crore. The Union Minister Pralhad Joshi was also present during the inauguration.
Construction of the Longest Railway Platform:
The construction of the 1.5 km long railway platform at Siddharoodha Swami Railway Station was initiated in February 2021 and completed within a remarkably short period.The station plays a crucial role in Karnataka’s transportation network, linking Bengaluru (Davanagere side), Hosapete (Gadag side), and Vasco-Da-Gama/Belagavi (Londa side). In addition to the five already present platforms, three more platforms have been installed to cater to the expanding demands of the city. Platform No. 8, with a length of 1507 meters, has been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest railway platform. From this platform, two trains with electric engines will simultaneously depart.
Benefits of the Longest Railway Platform:
The transportation needs of the Hubballi-Dharwad region will be served by the world’s longest railway platform, and it will improve the operational capacity of the yard as well as enable trains to operate in both directions. The South Western Railway Zone of Indian Railways has achieved a significant feat with the construction of the world’s longest platform, which has earned them a place in the Guinness World Record.