The Indian Railways are the principle mode of transportation for freight and passengers in India, while playing an important role in the development of industries and agriculture.
Indian Railways has had the distinction of being one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world. It operates 9,000 passenger trains and transports 18 million passengers every day. The Indian Railway employs approximately 1.4 million people.
The Indian Railways has been serving the people of India with utmost pride for more than two centuries. It was in 1851 the first train journey was made in India, for transferring construction material to Rorkee. The first passenger train journey became operational between Bori Bunder, Bombay and Thane, covering a distance of 21 miles, thus marking the formal birth of the rail network in India.
The Indian Railways network binds the social, cultural and economical fabric of the country and covers the whole country ranging from north to south and east to west removing the distance barrier for its people. The railway network of India has brought together the whole of country hence creating a feeling of unity among Indians.
Arunachal Pradesh finally has the much-need railway connectivity. As per media reports, Naharlagun, a town near the state capital Itanagar, is now part of the railway map of India. The Harmuti-Naharlagun line, which became functional in April 2014, was conceived of in 1997 as part of the greater plan to improve connectivity in the Northeast.
Indian Railways is divided into 16 zones: