Pradeep Pattanayak

Gorakhpur railway station, located in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh has earned the distinction for having world’s longest platform.

The length of the platform is 1366.33 metres with ramp and 1355.40 metres without it. The platform was inaugurated on October 6, 2013.

Till the commission of the platform at Gorakhpur railway station, the platform at Kharagpur railway station had the distinction of being the longest one in the world with length 1,072.5 metres (3,519 ft).

Gorakhpur station which is the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway is Class A-1 railway station. It offers facilities including waiting halls (A/C), retiring halls and cabway facilities.

This station has a total of 10 platforms with handling 189 trains daily. It has been one of the top hundred booking stations of Indian Railways.

Garakhpur serves as many as 10 local railway stations such as Gorakhpur Junction, Gorakhpur Cantt, Domingarh, Sahjanwa, Sihapur, Maniram, Nakaha Jungle, Kushmi, Jagatbela and Unaula. Passengers visiting the city can visit places like Kushmi Forest, Gita Press and Gorakhdham temple.

However, Gorakhpur railway station will soon be relegated to the second position as the longest platform is under construction and will soon be made operational. It is at Hubbali railway station in Karnataka. Once completed, its length will be 1,400 metres.