KCCI requests SWR to start Hubballi Pune Vande Bharat Express

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.

Decks being cleared to run Vande Bharat Express between Dharwad and Bengaluru PM Modi flags off Guwahati to New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express
Vande Bharat Express

Many people from North Karnataka including Hubballi Dharwad work at Pune including IT sector and other fields like Automobile, Electronic, Electricals, etc.

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.

Vande Bharat Express departing from Hubballi towards Dharwad

Read more: Bengaluru to Dharwad Vande Bharat Express – All details.

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.

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7 thoughts on “KCCI requests SWR to start Hubballi Pune Vande Bharat Express

  1. Very good suggestion. Presently trains running from KSR Bangalore to Mumbai via Pune takes 21 to 22 hrs which is a very tedious journey. A fast train like Vande Bharat is very much needed as the commuters r increasing day by day and can afford to pay for the luxury/expensive /fast trains. I also support the view of the Federation of Hubli. Or alternatively, the present Vande Bharat can be extended upto Pune in avoiding another new rake which is in high demand. No extra investment can be avoided. Hope, Railway will look into the right perspective of the Federation. A survey may be conducted for the feasibility.

    1. We Welcome idea of Karnataka chamber of commerce to Impliment Vande-Bharat from Pune- Hubballi- Pune, Though SWR is ahead of railway board for Doubbling & Electrification, Khanapur- Belgavi- Miraj-satara- Pune Doubbling, Electrification work in progress, It may take 5 to 6 months completion, then trials, Safety clearance from railway board, Availability of Vande-Bharat Rake, At Pune station Infra development for capicity arguments to Accommodate 24 coaches of LHB & ICF rakes on PF 2,3,6 for smooth operations of trains, Internal issues once completed then Railway board may reconsider public demand CR & SWR will be able to take decisions, till then, we will hv 2 wait

  2. A very good suggestion. Hubli to banglore, mumbai trains ply.Belgaum ,pune are also to be considered with convenient timings.Equsl priority is to be given to belgaum as hubli.

  3. Please introduce new vande Bharat from solapur to Bengaluru since lot of North Karnataka and Maharashtra borde people travels everyday to this route. It will get very good response.

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