Abu Road Railway Station
Abu Road is a city in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state in western India. Abu Road Railway Station is on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi railway line. Important long distance trains from Western and Northern railways stops on this station, it is big halting point for important trains. Few important trains which pass through this station are like Gujarat Mail, Aravali Express, Ahmedabad Mail and Surya Nagri Express. After Abu Road Station, the other main railway station is Udaipur.
Abu Road Railway Station is on the main Ahmedabad-Delhi Railway route. There is a also very well-constructed stretch of National Highway 14. It is between Beawar to Ahmedabad.
Mount Abu is the only hill-station in Rajasthan. Abu Road station is approachable by taxi, jeep and bus from Mount Abu. There is also a medium-sized airstrip available for small size of jets and helicopters. Udaipur is the nearest domestic airport; it is 135 km away from here. Ahmedabad is an International airport, which is 200 km south of the city. Abu Road is situated on southeast of Mount Abu. Mount Abu is 27 km up the hill from here.
Abu Road’s old name is Kharadi. 30 December, 1880 is the date when Rajputana Malwa Railway set up the railway station here, and it was named Abu Road. When Sirohi was under the rule of Maharao Shiv Singh, they constructed the road to Mount Abu in 1845.
Abu Road is situated at 24°29?N 72°47?E24.48°N 72.78°E. It has an average height of 263 m (863 ft). The Abu Road city is the largest city in the Sirohi district.
According to 2001 India census, 47,320 is the population of Abu Road City. Males constitute 53% of the population where as female’s constitute 47%. The average literacy rate in Abu Road is 68% which is higher than the national average of 59.5%. Literate percentage for male is 60 and for females are 40. 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.
There is an Industrial Area for RIICO. It is spread over an expanse of 2,000 acres. Name of the few main industries are marble & granite, miniature cement plants, HDPE bags, synthetic yarns, mineral grinding, ABS resin, and insulators.
There is also a railway’s diesel shed. It plays an important role in town’s economy and it also provides employment to large number of people in the city. This Diesel Shed was commissioned by Indian Railways as a metre gauge shed on 26 October 1966. At that time it was the largest MG shed of Western Railway. It was holding112 locomotives.
A diesel training centre is also situated at the shed. It conducts refresher, promotional courses for locomotive running staff. It also provides formal training of shed maintenance staff.
There are lots of interesting places in Abu Road, their names are as under:
Ganesh Mandir and Brama Kumari Ashram
Chamunda Mataji, Santpura Village, Abu Road
Pawa Puri, a Jain temple complex
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization
Vithal Bhagwan Temple