|Thiruvananthapuram Centra Dreamstime.com|
Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station, besides being the largest one in the state of Kerala with respect to passenger movement, it an an important hub on the Southern Railway built during the colonial days when Travancore was an important Princely State. The impressive and strikingly beautiful Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was built in 1931. Being the capital city of Kerala, a highly literate state, this Central station is connected to almost major cities across India.
As the necessity arose for a spacious building with all amenities for the increasing number of passengers, etc, the Thiruvananthapuram Central station building was constructed during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the Maharani of Travancore (under the aegis of Sree Chithira Thirunal).The building was declared open on 4 November 1931. An interesting feature of this building is it is entirely made of dressed rock stones and lime mortar. No bricks were used for the construction of this station Though it was a branch line station with just solitary platform, it was built to handle two departures per day in 1931 as per Maharani's wish. The platform with a single line continued till the 70's. It was presumably the longest covered platform at that time. The platform was so long that it could accommodate two trains at a time in that single line platform.
This station presently has 12 platforms out of which 10 will handle broad gauge trains and 2 platforms for meter gauge trains. To relieve passenger pressure 2nd and 3rd terminals were built in 2004 and 2007 respectively. A few years ago the railway station could handle 200000 passengers daily. Nemom and Kochuveli satellite terminals are functioning with trains originating from here. The station is the terminus for the proposed High Speed Rail corridor connecting Chennai and Bangalore with Thiruvananthapuram. Mangalore-Thiruvananthapuram High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor was proposed in the recent railway budget. Work on these projects, it is said, is afoot. The Thiruvananthapuram railway station has two entrances. The main entrance is opposite to Central Bus Station Thiruvananthapuram and eastern entrance is on Power House road.