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Varanasi Junction, popularly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station is the rail hub in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.AdministrationIt is partly under the administrative control of Lucknow Division of the Northern Railway Zone, and partly under the administrative control of Varanasi Division of the North Eastern Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. Former Railway Minister Ms.Mamata Bannerjee included Varanasi Cant in World-Class Railway Stations development project.HistoryThe first railway line to Benares was opened from Howrah station in December 1862. George Turnbull, the Chief Engineer of the East Indian Railway Company was responsible for deciding the route and building the 541-mile line via Bandel, Burdwan, Rajmahal and Patna. This route up the Ganges plain, with few hills, was chosen because of the primitive railway engines then available.The station was built on the right bank of the Ganges.In 1872, the Oudh & Rohilkhand Railway Company opened the line from Benares to Lucknow. In 1887, Dufferin Bridge was constructed over the Ganges at Benares allowing trains to go to Mughalsarai.The present station building on the city side was built while Kamlapati Tripathi was railway minister (1975–77). The cantonment-side building was opened in 1998 by the then railway minister Nitish Kumar. The circulating area was renovated in 2008.

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