Transportation in Bihar SharifTransportation services in Bihar Sharif are most efficient when compared to other parts of Nalanda district. The most important railway station of Nalanda District is located in Bihar Sharif itself. Even local transportation of Bihar Sharif is far, far better than most other towns and cities of the district. Besides, few very important National Highways passing through Bihar Sharif has made the city one of the main road hubs of Bihar State. Below is more detailed and comprehensive information about Bihar Sharif’s transport infrastructure and facilities.
Railways in Bihar SharifAlthough Bihar Sharif Railway Station is the most important railway station of Nalanda District, but it does not enjoy the status of railway junction. Hence very few express and passenger trains halt here. And the very few that do halt here directly connects Bihar Sharif to few prominent cities of Bihar and few more prominent cities in eastern and northern India. In Bihar state Patna, Rajgir, Gaya and Bakhtiyarpur are only four cities that Bihar Sharif Station is directly connected to, while in rest of India Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi and Ranchi are few connecting cities. As for commuters wanting to travel to other prominent cities like Mumbai Bangalore etc, then they obviously have to make breakaway journey from Patna junction.
While Bihar Sharif station’s connectivity is certainly very poor, but this hasn’t undermined its importance at all amongst people of Nalanda. For them this is the only mode of transportation that connects them to rest of Bihar and also rest of India. This is mainly because Bihar Sharif’s connectivity via bus is even poorer than railway and besides Bihar Sharif doesn’t have its own airport.
PNR and reservation enquiry: Dial 139.
For Complaint of Rail Catering/Pantry Service: 1800-111-139.
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Air Connectivity to Bihar SharifBihar Sharif doesn’t have its own airport – as has been clearly mentioned in above paragraph. The nearest airport is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport located in capital city of Patna. This busiest and most popular airport of Bihar is located approximately 75 kms away from the heart of Bihar Sharif .The best way to reach Patna from Bihar Sharif is via train. There are 5 trains from Patna to Bihar Sharif, and all of these 5 trains run on daily basis. Train journey takes maximum 2 and half hours. In case if you don’t want to travel via train, then other alternate option is to hire rental car or travel via private Volvo bus. These services can be easily availed from any private travel agencies operating in Bihar Sharif. And what’s even better, Bihar Sharif doesn’t have any dearth of reputed travel and agencies. As for connectivity of Patna airport is concerned, then it is connected with almost all the prominent cities of India via daily direct and indirect flights. Besides, all the leading airline companies operate their flights to and from Patna airport.
Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport
Address: Khajpura, Shaheed Pir Ali Khan Marg, Patna, Bihar 800014
Elevation: 52 m
Phone: 0612 222 0683
Roadways in Bihar SharifBihar Sharif has road network of about 86.2 km. This figure not just accounts for municipal road, but also national and state highways passing through this city. The existing road network though is not enough still it caters to the transport needs of the city. As far as connectivity is concerned, then at least on that front Bihar Sharif offers immense advantage. In fact Today Bihar Sharif is one of the important road hubs of Bihar state. National Highway 82 and National Highway 3 passes through Bihar Sharif. While National Highway 82 runs within Bihar state, National Highway 31 provides gateway to Northeast India. National Highway 31 is actually one of the busiest highways of Bihar and therefore holds immense economic importance for Bihar Sharif.
Local Transportation in Bihar SharifLocal transportation in Bihar Sharif solely compromises of auto rickshaws. There is no alternate local transportation option in form of city bus and local trains. Owing to huge monopoly enjoyed by auto rickshaws, they are almost like lifeline for daily commuters of Bihar Sharif. But unfortunately current number of auto rickshaws is far too less to cope with ever increasing number of daily commuters. Nonetheless, Bihar Sharif still has highest number of auto rickshaws than any other city or town of Nalanda district.
From above information it is suffice to sum up that transport infrastructure in Bihar Sharif is quiet efficient. What it needs to do most is fix is to improve the condition of roads and increase the number of auto rickshaws in the city. An efficient and reliable local transportation system will go long way to promote development of local economy. As for increasing rail connectivity, then it is highly unlikely that state government would take any concrete action in this direction in distant future.