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Transport Services in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is strategically located in Central India. Being the 2nd largest state in terms of area, having abundant mineral resources like diamond & copper and a rich forest cover the state holds a position of immense importance. The state has shown considerable growth majorly in the industrial & tourism sector and significantly contributes to the overall national economy & GDP growth. The State Government is thus leaving no stone un-turned to provide a well-developed transport infrastructure in MP. At present the state has a road & rail network of nearly 20 National Highways and 4,948 km long rail lines running through the state. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport located at Indore is the main airport in the state, handling a major part of the air-traffic. Thus the Madhya Pradesh Government aims to provide a cost-effective & robust transport system to help the state march towards progress as well as attract more tourists to the region.

Transport in Madhya Pradesh
National Highway in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh Transport Department

The Madhya Pradesh Transport Department is continuously striving to provide a well-maintained & adequate transportation system to the residents of the city & people coming from outside. The department is fully computerized and effectively utilizes the benefit of IT to provide timely online services through internet or SMS to the citizens. It is a pioneer in providing services like Online Tax Payment, Online Licence Appointment, Online Dealer Point Enrollment System etc.The government of Madhya Pradesh is responsible to provide bus services in the state. The buses connect all major cities, villages & towns within the State as well as with the neighboring regions. The main inter-state terminals are Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal and Gwalior from where 2000 buses operate on a daily basis. One can avail daily bus service to major cities like Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Surat, Nasik, etc. To travel within the state one can easily avail buses, private autos and taxis and for travelling within the city local transportation like rickshaws, shared autos & taxis are easily available.The department offers Super Volvo, Super Fast, Express, A/C, Non A/C and Sleeper, Deluxe & Ordinary buses. One can choose the type of bus service as per the cost & distance to travel. For the ease of the traveler’s one do online ticket booking from the MPSRTC site, besides the usual direct booking at the bus stations.

Hon'ble Shri Bhupendra Singh - Transport Minister
Contact: 0755-2671024/ 2671046

Dr. Shailendra Kumar Shrivastava - Transport Commissioner
Contact: 0751-2457006/2345880 (Gwalior)/ 0755-2420111 (Bhopal)

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Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation Ltd

Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation Ltd. (MPRDC) is a government undertaking and aims to build, maintain and re-construct State Highway & Road network in close partnership with the Private Sector. Presently assigned the responsibility of working on 15 State Highway and District Road projects mainly under public - private partnership model as a successor of the Madhya Pradesh Rajya Setu Nirman Nigam Limited (MPRSNN). Many new projects are also in the pipeline for up-gradation of the existing highways as per ADB or Contract schemes

Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation Limited
45-A, Arera Hills, Bhopal-MP,India
Contact: +91-755- 2765205/ Fax: +91-755-2572643
Website: https://mprdc.gov.in/

Roadways in Madhya Pradesh

The first evidence of road development in India can be traced back to approximately 4000 BC. in the streets of Ancient Cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro civilization. Roads are the lifeline of a country. They serve the people in different ways by connecting them to far off lands and Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state of the country. So, imagine the length and breadth the roadways of Madhya Pradesh have to cover. This state is home to an extensive Madhya Pradesh roadways network which comprises of National Highways, State Highways, District Roads and many other types of roads. There are 14 National highways in Madhya Pradesh crossing through the state that cover a distance of 4676 Km and various state highways spanning overall number of 8,728 KM. Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation(MPRDC) has announced to take the responsibility of the execution and maintenance of 15 state highways and major District road projects.

Madhya Pradesh Government has also undertaken a project called Gramin Sadak Nirman Pariyojna, which is a to extend the roadway network to the villages. This project has become a trendsetter for the country, in terms of execution of Projects like these. The mean density of Roadways in MP is 22.14 Km per 100 square km. The National Highways of Madhya Pradesh cover 5,027 Km with the state highways covering 10,529 Km and the other Major District Roads which have a span of 19,241 km.

Rural roads are poor in shape, and they affect the rural population’s quality of life and Madhya Pradesh farmer’s ability to transfer produce to market post harvest but the government is working on this through various projects. The low road density of has created a slow speed on existing roads inside cities. Because of the heavy congestion the fuel efficiency of the vehicles in Madhya Pradesh is very low. The government is constantly working on widening roads in the cities and making new roads in the rural area. The current BJP government has taken a pledge to work towards the betterment of farmers and they are working on it round the clock. The basic road connectivity to the villages has changed the quality of life to certain level. Despite all the ongoing work, a lot still needs to be done. The execution speed of the government projects is very slow and is affecting the development rate badly.

Means of Road Transportation In Villages of Madhya Pradesh

Like all the Indian villages, villages in Madhya Pradesh are kind of cut off from the bigger cities. But people still travel to nearest big cities in search of work. Villagers mostly prefer personal vehicles to travel short distances. For longer distances there are buses run by the state government’s department of tourism. MPSRTC (Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) is the main source of intercity travel. From non AC buses to top class Volvo AC buses, hundreds of buses ply on different routes, both in the day time and at night. These buses charge a minimal fare and a seat can be reserved at the government bus stop and for bigger cities phone and online booking is also available.

Means of Road Transportation In Cities of Madhya Pradesh

Inside the cities people with resources prefer to travel with their own vehicles but the state also has a very good facility of public transportation. The two biggest cities of the State; Bhopal and Indore are served by the Star Bus Services. These buses are GPS monitored and run on a very strict time schedule. Star buses ply on all the major routes and almost cover the complete city and have become the lifeline of this city of Nawabs. Some areas of the city (shorter distances) are covered by small Tata Magic. These have replaced the old diesel tempos and ply on shorter routes where star bus is not available. The people of the state can also chose auto rickshaws to commute and in some major cities metro taxis are also available.

Goods Transportation in MP

Goods transportation is majorly done through trucks across the state. For shorter distances, people opt for goods tempos, heavy capacity goods jeeps and sometimes even tractors. The road transportation of Madhya Pradesh may not be the best in the county, but the state is striving to improve every day. With new government policies and initiatives, there is hope that this central state of the country will soon be well connected through and through. With new roads coming up, the far off villages will soon find a place on the state map and the metros will become less congested.

Railways in Madhya Pradesh

Railways in Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal Junction in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh is known as the heart of India and is located in central India. It is surrounded by Uttar Pradesh(northeast), Rajasthan(northwest), Maharashtra(southeast). Because of its central location, its major junctions like Bhopal stand midway to the most of the long running trains. With Jabalpur as its head office, this central state has good rail connectivity with a total of 20 major stations and 5 major junctions that serve the state as well as the country. The first rail line was established in Madhya Pradesh, with the start of Delhi-Chennai rail route in the year 1903. After that the state has attained a remarkable growth in terms of rail connectivity. The state falls under the Central & Western Railway Zones and today has a 4,948 km long rail network running across it. Jabalpur City functions as the main headquarter for the West Central Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Major part of Western Madhya Pradesh including cities like Ujjain, Indore, Mandsaur, Khandwa, Neemuch & Bairagarh come under the Ratlam Division of Western Railways. Madhya Pradesh now has 20 major & 18 Minor Railway Junctions as well as nearly 723 major and minor Railway Stations.

Railway Stations in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh has many big & small railway stations which have regular trains plying to & fro connecting the state to other parts of the country. Prominent among these are the Bhopal Junction, Bhopal Habibganj, Indore Junction, Gwalior Junction, Jabalpur Junction, Katni Junction and Khajuraho Railway Stations. A few big cities have more than one railway station, like Indore has thirteen stations at different locations within the city. These railway stations or junctions offer good facilities to the passengers and fall in the category of “Adarsh or Ideal Railway Stations. The Nainpur in the state of MP holds the distinction of being the biggest narrow gauge junction in Asia. Some of the major railway junctions in Madhya Pradesh are:

Balaghat Junction
The Balaghat Railway Junction is situated in Jabalpur-Nainpur-Gondia Section in Madhya Pradesh. The rail routes from Balaghat junction got to distant places like Nainpur, Jabalpur, Mandla, Gondia, Bharveli and Katangi. Till 2005 the Balaghat Junction had the narrow gauge line but since then it has the broad gauge line which is used by a number of long route trains.

Balaghat Railway Junction
Station Code: BTC
Address: Kosmi, Station Road, Chitragupt Nagar, Balaghat – 481001, Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal Junction
Bhopal junction is one busiest junctions of the country. It is the state capital and because of its central position is crossed by almost all the trains travelling the length of the country. The Bhopal station was built before independence in the year 1941. There’s another station in the same city named as Habibganj which was built much later in 1975. Currently Bhopal has 4 more local railway stations. A number of important trains headed towards Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttrakhand , Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh , Tamil Nadu, Kerela, Karanataka, Goa , Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan pass through Bhopal and have considerable stoppage times. Trains headed to different locations in Chhattisgarh as well as intercity also, either start from or atleast make a long stop at the Bhopal junction.

Bhopal Junction
Station Code: BPL
Address: Navbahar Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001

Bhopal Habibganj
Station Code: HBJ
Address: Habibganj Pedestrian Overpass, Zone-II, Habibganj, Bhopal -462023, Madhya Pradesh

Dewas Junction
Dewas Junction belongs to western railway Zone’s Ratlam division and is a broad gauge railway Station. Dewas is a central town and hence the junction is crossed by many trains. This small town likes in the centre of Indore junction and the Ujjain junction. Trains headed to major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Pune cross this junction and most of the super fast and express trains of the country stop here.

Dewas Junction
Station Code: DWX
Address: Adarsh Nagar, Itawa, Dewas – 455001, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior Junction
This is the most important station in Gwalior city. This junction is undertaken by the north central railway and comes under Jhansi division’s. Its zonal headquarter is Allahabad. This station has bagged the best infrastructure award by the Indian railways in 1987,1988,1989,1992. It’s an important stop for all express and superfast trains.In this junction both the narrow and broad gauge tracks are functional and its narrow gauge track is the narrowest in the country. The Gwalior Junction lies in the country’s longest operational broad gauge line that works between Delhi and Mumbai.

The Gwalior Junction Railway Station
Station Code: GWL)
Address: LNUPE Campus, Railway Colony, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh 474002

Indore Juction
Indore Junction, which has the broad gauge station, is a very important railway station in Indore. This city is well connected to Ujjain, Bhopal, Gwalior, Katni, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Bina and Ratlam within the state, and connects major cities in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and almost every state of the country through trains. But not all states are directly connected to Indore. States like Assam, Orissa and Goa have to be approached indirectly and through longer routes.

Indore Junction
Station Code: INDB
Address: Chhoti Gwaltoli, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452007

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Air Connectivity in Madhya Pradesh

Airports in Madhya Pradesh
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore

Madhya Pradesh is a state that is very accessible from anywhere in the country because of its central location. It has a very good network of roads, railways and also the air transportation in Madhya Pradesh from all over the country is excellent. The State of MP boosts of an adequate air-connectivity with many airports present in the city and many more being in the pipeline. Madhya Pradesh connects all its important cities with the rest of the country and even the far away villages are very accessible nowadays. All leading airlines in India like Jet Airways, Indigo, Air India, Spice Jet, Air Deccan, etc. offer their services connecting the state to other parts of the world. A new Intra-State Operator Ventura Airconnect has started services in the Madhya Pradesh providing safe, cost-effective & time-saving services in regions where air-connectivity is not otherwise available. At present it connects cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur and has further plans to connect other tourist destinations.This state has five major terminals that help greatly with the air connectivity.

Raja Bhoj International Airport - Bhopal

The Raja Bhoj International Airport is located 12 Km away from the old city of Bhopal. Domestic Airlines, like Indigo airlines, Spice Jet, Go Air, Indian airlines, Jet airways, Sahara airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, Alliance Air, Paramount Airways and Air Deccan, connect this newly constructed world class terminal to the places in and around the state.International flights of Indian Airlines and Air India also operate from here, to destinations like Dubai, Singapore, Sharjah and Bangkok. This international airport is very well equipped with facilities like comfortable lounge, facilities for refreshments, clean washrooms and car hire for the convenience of the travelers.It is made to fit in the world class standards and the recent renovation has brought it into the list of India’s most happening and modern airports.

Address: Gandhi nagar Post office
Gandhi nagar, Bhopal (MP)-462036
Telephone: 91-755-2646001
Fax: 91-755-2646002
E-Mail: apdbhopal@aai.aero
Website: https://aai.aero/allAirports/bhopal_generalinfo.jsp

Gwalior Airport Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior Airport also known as Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia Air Terminal is situated 8 kms northeast to the city of Gwalior and is one of the important domestic airports of the state. There is one domestic terminal in the airport. Key domestic airlines of the country connect Gwalior to the rest of India.Some of the places from where one can take flights to Gwalior Airport are Bhopal, Mumbai, Delhi and Indore. Flights of Indian Airlines are available thrice a week. At present, there is no facility of international flights from Gwalior. The runway length of the airport is 9000 feet. There are facilities like trolley, wheelchairs and telephone.

Maharajpura, Gwalior-474020 (MP)
Telephone: 91-751-2473880
Email ID: apc_vigr@aai.aero
Website: https://www.aai.aero/allAirports/gwalior_generalinfo.jsp

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport (Indore)

Indore airport is located 8 km to the southeast of the city centre and caters to the air traffic needs of people traveling to/ from Indore. It is named after the legendary Holkar Queen, Devi Ahilyabai,. Domestic airlines (like Jet Airways & Indian Airlines) and Private Airlines (like Sahara Airlines, Kingfisher, SpiceJet & Indigo) conduct regular flights to different parts of India. Silk Air, Air Arabia, Indian Airlines and Air India Express are the international airlines that fly from this airport. Facilities include parking, restaurant, coffee shop, luggage keeping, information desk, medical facilities, pre paid taxi booth, baggage wrapping and gift shop are available for the flyers. Indore airport is one of the best airports of the state.

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport
Indore (MP)- 452005
Telephone: 91-731-2629455
91-731-2622021 (R)
Fax: 91-731-2620278 , 2621530
E-Mail: apdindore@aai.aero
Website: https://aai.aero/allAirports/indore_generalinfo.jsp

Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho

Civil Airport is one of the most important air terminals of the state and is Located 3 km to the south of the Khajuraho town, of Madhya Pradesh. The airport provides air linkage to different cities of India. Despite of it being a small town, flights of major airlines like Jet Airways (to Varanasi, Delhi and Mumbai), Air Sahara (to Bhopal, Indore and Delhi), Indian Airlines (to Varanasi, Delhi and Agra) and Kingfisher Airlines (to Bhopal, Allahabad, Indore, Mumbai and Delhi) operate from Khajuraho. There are also flights that connect Khajuraho to the neighboring country of Nepal.

Address: Khajuraho Airport Area, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606
Phone: 076862 72805 / 91-7686-274123 (R)
Fax: 91-7686-272810
Email id: apd_vakj@aai.aero
Website: https://www.aai.aero/allAirports/khajuraho_generalinfo.jsp

Dumna Airport (Jabalpur)

Situated at a distance of nearly 20 km from the city centre, Jabalpur Airport is also referred to as 'Dumna Airport. A number of airlines operate from here like Air Deccan which operates regular flights on the Delhi-Bhopal-Jabalpur route; Indian Airlines offers services on the Delhi-Gwalior-Jabalpur route. One can thus find both chartered and regular flight services from Jabalpur to other important cities in India.

Address: Airport Director, Airports Authority of India
Jabalpur Airport, Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh-482005
Telephone: 91-761-2601341
Fax: 91-761-2603451
E-Mail: apd_vajb@aai.aero
Website: https://www.aai.aero/allAirports/Jabalpur.jsp

Local Transport Mediums in Madhya Pradesh

The state of Madhya Pradesh is well connected road, rail & air thus making it an easily accessible tourist destination. One can easily move around the city or state by means of private vehicles like scooters, motor-cycles or car, but a wide range of options are also available if you need to travel by public transport. Buses, auto rickshaws, shared tempos, cycle rickshaws, taxis, etc. are the major means of local transportation in the state. Today one can see a number of cars, mopeds, bikes, scooters, etc. running on the roads. One can avail pre-paid Taxis & autos or book cabs at a fixed rate, depending upon the distance travelled. For sightseeing, one can book rental cars and bus services. To travel within the city auto-rickshaws, shared tempos & cycle rickshaws provide a convenient, easily available and affordable transportation option. One should keep in mind that charges during the night maybe a little more than day time charges. It is always good to take the advice of local people on the most suitable option to travel to any particular place and about the local routes and short-cuts.

Also Read:
Transport in Bhopal | Transport in Hoshangabad | Transport in Jabalpur | Transport in Guna | Transport in Mandsaur | Transport in Ratlam | Transport in Ujjain | Transport in Gwalior | Transport in Indore | Transport in Khajuraho | Transport in Neemuch | Transport in Singrauli


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