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Transport in Dhanbad

Dhanbad has good connectivity by road and railways. National Highway 2 and National Highway 32 pass through this city. Knowledge about transport in Dhanbad will make travelling more comfortable for you. As Helen Keller has rightly said,'' knowledge is love and light and vision.''

Dhanbad Air Transport

The nearest commercial airport is Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi. Dhanbad has airstrip for smaller planes. MDLR airlines and Air india is also planning to launch domestic services. A commercial airport was planned to be set up at Barwadda, but no significant progress has been made yet. The nearest airports to Dhanbad are:

  • Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi: 140 kms.
  • Gaya Airport: 207 kms.
  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata: 269 kms.
  • Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport, Patna: 271 kms.

Dhanbad Roadways

NH 2 and NH 32 pass through Dhanbad city. NH 2 has now been converted to Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) which has origin in Kolkata and extends up to Delhi. Passage from Dhanbad to Kolkata will be converted into six lane Expressway. NH 32 connects Govindpur to Bokaro-Jamshedpur-Barbil.

Luxury Volvo buses ply between Dhanbad-Kolkata and Dhanbad-Ranchi. There is no dearth of private and state buses for inter-city travel. Auto rickshaws are also preferred  mode of transport to travel to neighbouring places and coalfields.

Distance of Dhanbad  from other cities

  • Kolkata: 250 kms. 
  • Patna: 325 kms.
  • Delhi: 1237 kms.
  • Mumbai: 1975 kms.
  • Guwahati: 1039 kms.
  • Bhopal: 1084 kms.
  • Hyderabad: 1599 kms.
  • Jabalpur: 848 kms.
  • Ranchi: 167 kms.

Dhanbad Railways

Dhanbad Junction has station code DHN. Dhanbad Rail Division comes under East Central Railway zone. It is well connected with major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Nagpur, Guwahati, Gwalior, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Jabalpur etc. CIC (Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Co. ) rail line starts from Dhanbad and ends at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh. The rail line starting from  Kharagpur and ending at Gomoh, comes under South Eastern Railways. Every train passing through Dhanbad has a stop here. The station comprises of waiting room, computerized reservation, dormitory, retiring room, cafeteria and bookshop facilities.

On October 1, 2011, India's first AC double-decker train was flagged off  to connect Howrah and Dhanbad. It has a maximum permissible speed of 110 kilometres (68 miles/hr) with stops at Bardhaman, Durgapur, Asansol, Barakar and Kumardhubi on both legs of the route. It flaunts latest stainless steel LHB (Linke Holfmann Busch) coaches which have been  manufactured at Kapurthala coach factory. 

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