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Indian Railways is divided into zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions. The number of zones in Indian Railways increased from six to eight in 1951, nine in 1952, and finally 16 in 2003. Each zonal railway is made up of a certain number of divisions, each having a divisional headquarters. There are a total of sixty-seven divisions.[1][2]

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The Kolkata Metro is owned and operated by Indian Railways, but is not a part of any of the zones. It is administratively considered to have the status of a zonal railway.[2]

Each of the sixteen zones, as well as the Kolkata Metro, is headed by a General Manager (GM) who reports directly to the Railway Board. The zones are further divided into divisions under the control of Divisional Railway Managers (DRM). The divisional officers of engineering, mechanical, electrical, signal & telecommunication, accounts, personnel, operating, commercial and safety branches report to the respective Divisional Manager and are in charge of operation and maintenance of assets. Further down the hierarchy tree are the Station Masters who control individual stations and the train movement through the track territory under their stations' administration.

Sl. No Name Abbr. Date Established Headquarters Divisions
1. Central CR November 5, 1951 Mumbai Mumbai, Bhusaval, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur
2. East Central ECR October 1, 2002 Hajipur Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Samastipur, Sonpur
3. East Coast ECoR April 1, 2003 Bhubaneshwar Khurda Road, Sambalpur, Visakhapatnam
4. Eastern ER April, 1952 Kolkata Howrah, Sealdah, Asansol, Malda
5. North Central NCR April 1, 2003 Allahabad Allahabad, Agra, Jhansi
6. North Eastern NER 1952 Gorakhpur Izzatnagar, Lucknow, Varanasi
7. North Western NWR October 1, 2002 Jaipur Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Jodhpur
8. Northeast Frontier NFR 1958 Guwahati Alipurduar, Katihar, Lumding, Rangiya, Tinsukia
9. Northern NR April 14, 1952 Delhi Delhi, Ambala, Firozpur, Lucknow, Moradabad
10. South Central SCR October 2, 1966 Secunderabad Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Guntakal, Guntur, Nanded, Vijayawada
11. South East Central SECR April 1, 2003 Bilaspur Bilaspur, Raipur, Nagpur
12. South Eastern SER 1955 Kolkata Adra, Chakradharpur, Kharagpur, Ranchi
13. South Western SWR April 1, 2003 Hubli Hubli, Bangalore, Mysore
14. Southern SR April 14, 1951 Chennai Chennai, Madurai, Palakkad, Salem, Tiruchchirapalli, Thiruvanathapuram
15. West Central WCR April 1, 2003 Jabalpur Jabalpur, Bhopal, Kota
16. Western WR November 5, 1951 Mumbai Mumbai Central, Vadodara, Ratlam, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhavnagar


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