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History of Firozpur Division is almost as old as that of the Indian Railways. The first railway line of the area, from Amritsar to Attari, was opened in April, 1862. The division with a route km of 1440.39 including 163.99 km of Narrow Gauge and 242 stations caters to the rail transportation needs of Punjab, Jammu Kashmir & a part of Himachal Pradesh. The division serves a large no. of industrial and important towns like Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Firozpur, Kapurthala in Punjab and Kangra, Palampur, Baijnath Paprola and Joginder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh. Jammu Tawi and Udhampur are important stations on the division, which act as a gateway to large number of tourists and pilgrims visiting scenic Kashmir valley and the holy Shrine of Vaishnodevi.

The Division is the largest food-grain loading division in the Indian Railway. Nearly 1502 wagons of food-grain, Petroleum product machinery and components are loaded every day on the division. The inward traffic consists mainly of iron, steel, fertilizer, coal, cement, and petroleum product. There are two Inland Container Depots at Dhandari Kalan & Phillaur on the division. While Dhandari Kalan depot caters to international container for movement of export traffic, Phillaur is basically dealing with domestic traffic.

In addition to 190 passengers services which are run with DMU rake, conventional rakes and rail bus, 126 nos. Mail/express trains are run by the division every day. Passenger earning of the division is of the order of Rs. 817.36 crore per annum and about Rs. 1060 crore are earned from the freight traffic. The annual expenditure is about Rs. 683 crore and thus the division has achieved a financial index of 0.37.

About 3.44 lacs of passengers are being dealt with at different stations and passengers’ amenities have been enhanced to a great extent on all the important stations of the division. Platform shelters have been extended, additional toilets and chairs have been added. Nine stations are being developed as model stations.

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