Transport in WardhaWardha is one of the most important cities in the Central Indian state of Maharashtra and is well known for being an integral part of India’s cotton industry and tourism development. The city has also earned its place in India’s struggle for independence by virtue of being one of Mahatma Gandhi’s most favoured destinations in the country. In this article, we shall provide an overview of the various transport facilities that are available in Wardha and also elaborate on how well the city is connected to the rest of India.
Rail Transport in WardhaRailways provide the most important source of connectivity between Wardha and the rest of India, and it was the expansive railway network built in the British era that first accentuated the strategic importance of this city in the Indian national movement. In the subsequent days, the importance of railways has only increased as the city has grown in its stature as a vibrant hub of commercial and tourism activities. There are two railway stations in the city-
Wardha Railway Station – Besides being one of the most important railway junctions on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line, this station also handles most of the rail traffic emanating from the Mumbai-Kolkata route.
Sevagram Railway Station – Previously known as the Wardha East Station, the Sevagram Station handles the rail traffic that is generated by the Delhi-Chennai route. The main function of this station is to connect Wardha to the southern part of India.
The railway connectivity of Wardha to the other parts of India is especially developed because this is the only city in the country, besides Nagpur, through which the Mumbai - Kolkata and Delhi - Chennai rail routes pass and intersect each other. These two railway lines, however, have had problems in dealing with increasing traffic in the recent years, taking which into account the railway authorities have undertaken the construction of a third rail that shall act as a connecting link between Wardha and Nagpur railway stations.
Besides, the construction of a new fifth platform in the Wardha station is also being planned to meet the traffic needs of the new railway line between Wardha and Nanded.
The intra-city railway network is also very well developed. Chitoda station and Warud station (previously known as Sevagram station) are well furnished with all required paraphernalia to handle the local traffic efficiently. While Warud mainly functions as a halt station near the Doctors’ Colony is Sevagram, Chitoda is located on the southbound lines joining the more important Wardha and Sevagram stations.
Road ConnectivityThe development of excellent road infrastructure in the recent years has increased Wardha’s accessibility to tourists who come to India from all over the world. The Maharashtra government, in connection with the Central government, has invested heavily on road infrastructure of Wardha and given it the much needed facelift in the last two decades. This has ensured that railways are no longer the forlorn mode of transit from Wardha to the rest of India. Two of the most important highways in the country – National Highway number 361 (Nagpur-Wardha-Yavatmal-Nanded-Latur-Tuljapur) and Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Express Highway make their way through the city.
The nearest airport to this city is the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur, which makes available to tourists and travellers an array of options in air travel. Various airline operators, with efficient airline services, have their presence in this airport.