Kolkata Station --- Formerly known as Chitpur, its official inauguration took place in January 2006. The only international train of eastern India - the Kolkata - Dhaka Maitree Express, which runs to Bangladesh, departs from here. The place where the station is situated was formerly a large goods yard. The present car and bus parking areas, as well as the path to the station, formed part of a coal loading yard. The present-day platforms were once used as goods lines and formed part of the large Chitpur Rail Yard. In 2000, the first plans were made to utilise this area as a railway station, since the rapid growth of long distance passengers was overcrowding the Sealdah station. Due to limitations of space, new platform construction is restricted at Sealdah. Due to its central position in Kolkata, the Sealdah station is too busy for suburban train traffic. To overcome this problem, Chitpur was decided upon finally and approved by the Railway Ministry in 2003-04. Certain inherent advantages helped in the selection of this place. Other than being located in the heart of Kolkata, Chitpur has already functioned as an important rail yard for around a century. There are five platforms. About 36 trains originates/terminates at this terminal. Station code - KOAA.