A railway station, financed and built by villagers near the Indian capital, Delhi, has opened for service

“We have been raising the demand [for a station] since 1982, but the railways told us they did not have funds. So, finally we decided to craft our own destiny,” he said.

Residents of Tajnagar and nearby villages in the Delhi suburb Gurgaon pooled 2,080,786 rupees ($45,000) to build the two platforms.

The construction work took seven months and was done under the supervision of railway authorities.

The area is badly connected by roads and officials say the new station is likely to benefit about 25,000 people.

The state-owned Indian railways network is huge, connecting every corner of the vast country.

It operates 9,000 passenger trains and carries 18 million passengers every day.

There are nearly 7,000 stations across India.

Almost all of them were built by the railways, but officials said a handful of small stations between Delhi and Ambala (in Haryana) were funded and built by local people.

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