Western Zone of the Indian Railways is headquartered at Churchgate in Mumbai and has six subdivisions: Mumbai, Bhavnagar, Ratlam, Vadodara, Rajkot and Ahmedabad, to help in smooth operation of the zone. This zone covers a wide range of areas, which include Gujarat, eastern Rajasthan, Maharashtra coast, part of Western Madhya Pradesh and various ports on the country's western region. The important ports that bring in most of the revenue are Okha, Kandla, Bhavnagar, Porbandar and Mumbai.Â The Ahmedabad â€“ Vadodara, Palanpur â€“ Ahmedabad and Ratlam - Mumbai Central routes are the most popular railway routes of the Western zone.
Currently this zone serves as a transport vehicle for over 1 million people per year proving itself as one of the busiest railway zones of the country. Another point to be noted is that this zone has one the most advanced railroad systems in India.
The other zones apart from this zone of the Indian Railways are:
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