Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Hubballi has requested South Western Railway (SWR) to start the Hubballi to Pune Vande Bharat Express for the benefit of the people of North Karnataka.
KCCI members requested SWR to take up the matter in the upcoming Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) meeting. The meet is likely to happen in a week or two.
As of now, 16 trains (including weekly and daily) connect Hubballi Dharwad with Pune. The fastest one being Karnataka Samparka Kranti Express that covers 559km distance in 10 hours and 55 minutes.
A convenient and fast connectivity is the need of the hour between the two commercial cities of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Vande Bharat Express is likely to provide the same.
Other demands by KCCI are as follows: Maintenance facility of Vande Bharat Express at Dharwad, Container facility at Navalur, Redevelopment of Hubballi Railway Station.
South Western Railway (SWR) is already operating Vande Bharat Express between Bengaluru and Dharwad via Davanagere and Hubballi. The train is getting good response from the people.
Hubballi Dharwad is home to 30+ Large and Medium Scale Industries with an investment of up to ₹3,201 crores and around 29,000+ Small Scale Industries and Ancillary Units with an aggregated investment of around ₹950+ crores.
From a small university town to a manufacturing hub, Pune has seen a major wave of change. Numerous IT companies, Automobile manufacturers and Ancillary companies have invested heavily to set up state-of-the-art production facilities in Pune.
Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train-18 is a Semi-high-speed, Intercity, Electric Multiple Unit train operated by the Indian Railways. The train has been tested to operate at 180kmph.