Friday, June 24, 2016

Salem – Connectivity

Salem – Connectivity
By Road
Salem has six arterial roads: Omalur Road, Cherry Road, Saradha College Road, Junction Main Road, Gugai Main Road and Attur Road. Three National Highways originate in or pass through: NH 7 (Varanasi – Kanyakumari), NH 47 (Salem – Kanyakumari via CoimbatoreKochi & Kollam) & NH 68 (Salem – Ulundurpet).
Salem is the headquarters of the Salem division of TNSTC. The city has two major bus stations: the MGR Integrated Bus Terminus in Meyyanoor and the Town Bus Station (Old Bus Stand) in the town area.
Intercity and interstate routes and private buses originate at the Central Bus Stand, and local buses originate at the Old Bus Stand. The Anna Flyover is the oldest in the city, and the Trumpet Interchange was built in the realignment of NH 47 to ease traffic towards Coimbatore.
By Train
Salem Junction is located in Suramangalam, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of the city. In 2005, the Railway Board approved the creation of a Salem railway division from Palakkad and Tiruchirapalli divisions. It is the fourth-largest of the six Southern Railway zone divisions.
It is one of the major transit points in Southern India. The station has satellite bus terminus the local bus available 24 hours to Salem central bus terminus. It is upgraded A grade station and there is 5 ATM's near junction entrance and the station has waiting hall and electric battery car to go for platform.
The station has subway for every platform and platform bridges with lift. Over 160 trains are passing through Salem junction. The station has 6 platforms and 8 tracks. Other nearest major junctions Omalur Junction and Erode Junction
There are 6 lines branching out from the station
·        Double Electrified BG line towards Chennai Central
·        Double Electrified BG Erode Junction
·        Single Electrified BG Mettur Dam railway station
·        Single Diesel BG line towards Virudhachalam Junction
·        Single Diesel BG line towards Bengaluru City railway station
·        Single Diesel BG line towards Karur Junction
Computerized reservation center with 3 counters and more than 5 counters for non-reservation tickets and separate counters for the cancellation for reserved tickets for more easy to cancel tickets.
Digital coach number board in every platform with speakers for announcement of trains arriving in which platform and digital board of trains will arrive in station and platform number.
Every platform has hotels and canteen and drinking water chairs for sitting with fans lights and TV. The junction has bike parking and valet car parking and ATM's and satellite bus terminus with railway police station.
By Air
Salem Airport (IATA SXV, ICAO VOSM) is located on the Salem-Bangalore Highway (NH 7) in Kaamalapuram about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city. Airports Authority of India (AAI) opened the airport in 1993 for commercial operations. Kingfisher Airlines flew from Chennai but ended its service in 2012 due to low occupancy.
The nearest major airports are Tiruchirappalli (TRZ, 152 km), Coimbatore (CJB, 159 km), Bangalore (BLR, 235 km) and Chennai (MAA, 324 km).