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Name: Shri S. Chakraborty
Designation: Senior Divisional Operations Manager/Asansol
Tel(O): 0341-2304615     email:



ASANSOL DIVISION is one of the premier divisions not only in ER but also in Indian Railways. This division was established in 1925. This division is very important from operations point of view, both freight and passenger traffic. The division is at the cross road of the Grand Chord Route via Gaya and the Main line route via Patna and is rightly referred as the heart of the operations.

The department is headed by SR.DIVL. OPERATIONS MANAGER assisted by the following officers :-



The territorial boundary of the division extends from the distant signal of Khana Jn in the east to distant signal of Jhajha station in the west on Main line. On the Grand Chord line, the boundary extends upto the distant signal of Pradhankhanta station. The territorial jurisdiction of the division also extends over branch lines such as Andal - Sainthia, Madhupur - Giridih, Jasidih- Baidyanathdham, Jasidih-Dumka, Jasidih-Banka, Andal-Topsi-Baraboni-Sitarampur and Bhimgara-Palasthali

The division has a unique distinction in operations of various kinds. These are - a quadruple electrified section between Khana to Sitarampur with MACL signalling, a double line automatic signalling territory between Sitarampur to Chotoambona, Main line section between Sitarampur - Jhajha with electrified branch single line between Jasidih - Baidyanathdham sectionhaving one train only system and non-electrified branch single line between Madhupur-Giridih, a twin single line working on electrified section between Andal-Pandabeswar and thereafter double line from Pandabeswar to Sainthia on Andal-Sainthia section and single line non-electrified between Jasidih-Dumka and Jasidih-Banka sections with MACL signalling system.

 The interchange points for the purpose of freight operations over Asansol division are as under:-

ØPradhankhanta with Dhanbad division of E.C. Railway.

ØJhajha with Danapur division of E.C. Railway.

ØMohishila and Burnpur with Adra division of S.E.Railway.

ØKhana, Jhaptardhal, Sainthia and Shikaripara with Howrah division of Eastern Railway.

ØBarapalashi and Banka with Malda division of Eastern Railway.

Operating department is responsible for planning of transport services, running of trains and continuous watch on safety, economy and efficiency in transport services. Basically two types of operations are carried out viz. Passenger train operation and Goods train operation

Passenger train operation  :- 110no. of Mail/Express and 141 no. of Passenger trains including -108-MEMUs per day are run over Asansol division territory in Up and Down direction. Apart from these regular trains some special train services are also planned & executed every year during “SHRAVANI MELA” at Baidyanathdham, CHAT Puja, DURGA Puja, HOLI etc. to cater to people at large.

Goods train operation :-  Operating department  of Asansol division has a prime role in Goods operation of Eastern Railway. The total loading of Asansol division up to March 2020 is  44.750  MTs. The major contribution in loading is of coal, which contributes  83.32% of total loading with 37.290 MTs..


The traffic pattern over Asansol division for freight operation may be classified into followings:-

A)THROUGH PASSING TRAFFIC:-Asansol division is the carrier of the through passing traffic like trains received from DHN division of E.C. Rly., carrying traffic from Northern, Central and Western part of India for various destinations over Eastern & North Eastern India. The traffic mainly includes food grains, Cement, Salt and other essential commodities. Trains are also received from Adra division of South Eastern Railway for through passing. Coal loaded rakes are also carried over the system to make over to the various power houses and industries in Eastern India. The traffic originating in the down country divisions like Howrah and Sealdah are being run out towards Northern, North Eastern and South Eastern Railways. Through passing traffic Ex. Dhanbad and Adra Division of ECR and SER respectively meant for N.F. Railway and Malda division of E.Rly. has a peculiarity of requiring reversal of traction at Andal. The requirement of reversal of traction at Andal is a constraint for the division from the point of availability of free lines for shunting and gives rise to the average detention of wagons.

 (B)ORIGINATING TRAFFIC:- This division is serving Thermal Power Stations of various states of the country like West Bengal, Bihar, Tamilnadu, Uttarpradesh, Delhi etc. and various industries like Brick, Glass, Paper etc. by loading coal from various coal loading belts of the division. Coal of Raniganj area is very precious having high calorific value.

Apart from the coal loading, various other commodities are also loaded by this division which are Pig Iron and Finished steel products, Hard Coke/Coke fraction, Cement, Granulated slag, POL products, Concrete sleeper, Food grains etc.

New commodities like Sand, Fly ash and Stone Chips are being loaded from Asansol, Topsi, Mathurapur, Vidyasagar, Barachak Suri and Dumka goods sheds. The loading is also done in Asansol Division for intra-division destinations.

 (C)SHUNTING TRAINS:-Piecemeal traffic from North Frontier Rly., South Eastern Rly, East Central Rly. and adjoining divisions of Eastern Railway is received at Andal yard. The loads are formed after segregating the received traffic and run out in various directions. The mixed loads are formed as juggler for various destinations like JAT, TKD, GHZ, NJP, NBQ, NH & CP etc.

(D)TERMINATING TRAFFIC:-Asansol division has 07 important terminals/goods sheds at Durgapur, Raniganj, Asansol, Jasidih, Topsi, Suri and Dumka. The inward terminating traffic is received for these terminals are food grains, salt, cement, iron ore, manganese ore, chrome ore, pig iron etc. This traffic caters to the industrial belts of Durgapur-Raniganj and Topsi-Ikhra areas.

Apart from inward terminating traffic for goods shed, raw materials like coal, iron ore, manganese ore, lime stone, dolomite, clinker etc. is received for various plants/industries like Durgapur Steel Plant, SAIL-ISP, Durgapur Projects Ltd., L&T cement plant, Durgapur Coke-oven plant, Durgapur Cement Works and Emami Cement Ltd.The traffic for and ex Panagarh military base is also handled by Asansol division.

   Mobility enhancement Works initiated by operating department in current financial year(Oct-March2020)

1.Operationalization of common loop at Suri :-It has eliminated shunting requirement of Hool Express.

2.10 (ten) lever operated points converted into motor operated points at Andal thereby saving detention of rakes on account of clamp and padlocking. 

3.Dummy stop signals replaced by Starter signals at Ukhra thereby saving detention to rolling stocks and locos.

4.Avoiding detention of coaching trains for engine reversal at Durgapur: There was a system in vogue of detaching/attaching loco at DGR for 13417/18, 13425/26 at either end of the train for further movement. An initiative was taken for utilizing same loco on reversal basis. For this initiative, one passenger loco, one set of crew, light engine movement from ASN-DGR-ASN is saved. Punctuality loss & stoppage at UDL for caution is also avoided

5.Remodeling of Jasidih Goods Shed:-Remodeling of Jasidih is completed during Dec’19. It will help in direct placement of rake at goods shed with enhanced loop length.  

6.Provision of starter signal at Madhupur at line No. 5 & 6 completed. Due to this departure of trains from line no 5&6 towards UP direction has become possible without issuance of paper authority and thus saved a considerable amount of detention.

7.Remodeling of GRD with 3 full length lines having EI has been commissioned in Feb’20. It has enabled the division to eliminate mechanical interlocking by electronic interlocking. Moreover 3 full length lines have become available which was earlier major constraints at the station in handling coal  rakes to / from CP siding GRD.



Source : Eastern Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 10-06-2021  

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