Basin Bridge railway station

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Basin Bridge Junction
Station of Chennai Suburban Railway and Southern Railways
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View of Basin Bridge Railway Junction
LocationBasin Bridge, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates13°06′08″N 80°16′17″E / 13.10230°N 80.27143°E / 13.10230; 80.27143Coordinates: 13°06′08″N 80°16′17″E / 13.10230°N 80.27143°E / 13.10230; 80.27143
Owned byMinistry of Railways, Indian Railways
Line(s)West, North West and West South lines of Chennai Suburban Railway.
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
Other information
Station codeBBQ
Fare zoneSouthern Railways
Electrified13 April 1979[1]
Previous namesSouth Indian Railway
Passengers (2013)10,000/day[2]

Basin Bridge Junction is the confluence on the Otteri Nullah and Buckingham Canal in Chennai, India. The Madras Boating Club operates rowing events in this place.

Basin Bridge is also a station on the Chennai suburban railway. The station is located at the southern end of the 'diamond' junction at Chennai where all the lines of the Chennai Suburban Railway meet. It is the first station after Chennai Central. At this station, the line divides into three: one going towards Avadi and Arakkonam, the other towards Ennore and Gummidipoondi, and the third towards Chennai Beach and Chennai Egmore. Thus, the station acts as the entry point to Chennai Central terminus where inbound trains from all the three lines are stopped before assigning a platform at Chennai Central. It also contains a railway maintenance shed with 19 pit-lines, each measuring 3-ft deep to accommodate about 24 coaches. The station has an elevation of 7 m above sea level

GMR Vasavi Diesel Power plant is situated on the side of Basin bridge opposite to the railway station. Diesel pipes are laid from Chennai Port to Basin Bridge for fuel power of the plant.


The lines at the station were electrified in 1979. On 13 April 1979, the Chennai Central–Gummidipoondi section was electrified and on 9 August 1979, the Basin Bridge–Chennai Beach section was electrified. On 29 November 1979, the lines on Chennai Central–Tiruvallur were electrified. The stabling and inspection lines at the station were electrified on 24 December 1979. The additional line between Basin Bridge and Vyasarpadi was electrified on 31 December 1985.[1]


As of 2013, the station handles about 10,000 passengers a day.[2]


The station is covered by the 400-million Integrated Security Surveillance System (ISSS) project implemented in 2012. The project, implemented jointly by the Southern Railways and HCL Infosystems, includes installation of CCTV cameras that would record visuals around the clock and store the data for 30 days, with the footage transmitted and stored using an Internet Protocol system.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "IR Electrification Chronology up to 31.03.2004". History of Electrification. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Go northwest, but don't take a train". The Times of India. Chennai: The Times Group. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Chennai: Suburban railway stations to come under CCTV surveillance". IBN Live. Chennai: The New Indian Express. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2014.