Anand Vihar Railway Terminal is located at Anand Vihar locality of East Delhi. The station was officially inaugurated on December 19, 2009, on completion of the first phase of its constrution. It is one of the modern and upcoming stations in Delhi. Spread over 42 hectares of area, this terminal is expected to be one of the largest railway stations catering to all East–bound trains from Delhi after the second phase of the station becomes operational.
The plan for Anand Vihar Railway Station bagan way back in 2003, but the construction of the terminal was started in October 2006 by the Northern Railways. It was originally decided to complete the construction of the first phase of the terminal by mid-2007. However, it was revised to March 2008, which was again missed due to various reasons.
Initially two new trains were scheduled to run from the Anand Vihar terminal, namely, New Jalpaiguri Express and Farakka Express headed for West Bengal. Later, three more trains running from other stations of Delhi to Varanasi, Jogbani and Motihari are also shifted to this terminal. Anand Vihar Railway Terminal with station code ANVR is the first station in the capital with an engine maintenance depot.
Once this terminal becomes fully operational, it is expected to cater to three lakh passengers who will travel on 272 trains daily from this terminal. The total cost of the project is estimated as Rs 230 crore, of which Rs 85 crore is spent on developing infrastructure for the construction of the first phase of the terminal. Phase I of the two-storey railway station was started with just three platforms, a coach maintenance yard and feeder lines to the Sahibabad Junction. The Phase I took over 5 years to complete.
This modern terminal has many new and important features including its subways, a separate parcel-loading centre, a 60-train strong maintenance yard, food courts, touchscreens and specialized reservation counters.
The station is well connected to Anand Vihar ISBT, and Anand Vihar Metro station. The station premises offers ample parking space for commuters. This new terminal will help in reducing congestion at the other three major railway stations at Delhi. This new terminal is designed on the lines of the Vashi terminal at Navi Mumbai.
Regular trains from Anand Vihar Railway Station started on March 10, 2010 and at present the trains serving the station are, Anand Vihar Motihari Garib Rath from Anand Vihar (ANVR) to Motihari (MKI), Anand Vihar Varanasi Garib Rath from Anand Vihar (ANVR) to Varanasi Junction (BSB), Seemanchal Express from Anand Vihar (ANVR) to Jogbani (JBN), and Varanasi Anand Vihar Garib Rath from Varanasi Junction (BSB) to Anand Vihar (ANVR).
The Anand Vihar station has all the basic facilities like booking office, booking counters, waiting halls with facilities for handicapped passengers, separate arrival and departure areas, cloak rooms, reservation halls, toilets, parcel and luggage office, operational and service accommodation and parking areas etc.
The Anand Vihar Railway Station also incorporates some modern amenities like ATMs, a touch-screen enquiry system, foreign exchange counters, commercial and maintenance offices, food plazas, and a computerised ticketing facility. Retiring rooms and dormitories will also be provided in the station building.
The terminal has a separate parcel loading facility, two escalators and six lifts and a special heritage gallery and custom-made subways which can be used by physically-challenged passengers. It will also be the only station in India where loading and unloading of parcels, linen and food items will be carried out at the station yard and not in the platform as per the prevailing practise, to keep the platforms clean.
Anand Vihar terminal is going to be one of the ultimate and modern railway terminals in the country in the coming time.