South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to cancel Train number 07353/07358 Belagavi Dharwad Unreserved Special Express due to poor occupancy.
DRM Hubballi posted the cancellation news through his Twitter account here. Train number 07357/07358 will be cancelled with effect from 15th July 2023.
Buses usually cover the 75km distance between Belagavi and Dharwad in 1 hour 15min. But the train used to take 2 and half to 3 hours to cover the same distance.
Also, the frequent and reliable bus service provided by NWKRTC made passengers to stick to buses rather than travelling by train which resulted in poor occupancy.
The train was an extension of the Dharwad Mysuru Dharwad Express (Train number 17301/17302). The train used to run as Unreserved Special Express between Dharwad and Belagavi.
Due to delay in the maintenance of the train at Belagavi, Train 07358 was often rescheduled with a delay of more than one hour and sometimes even 3 hours.
It was affecting the punctuality of the Dharwad Mysuru train (Train number 17302) a lot. The train which used to arrive 10-15 minutes early at Mysuru used to get delayed by 2-3 hours.
SWR is likely to change the primary maintenance of the Dharwad Mysuru Dharwad train to Hubballi. Subsequently, they may also introduce the Hubballi Dharwad passenger train.
Train number 07357 leaves Dharwad at 8:15 AM and reached Belagavi at 10:45 AM. In the return direction, Train number 07358 leaves Belagavi at 7:30 PM and reaches Dharwad at 9:55 PM.