Throwback 2023: Hubballi Dharwad in News

The year 2023 brought many positive developments for Hubballi Dharwad. Here’s a quick recap (Throwback) of the noteworthy news from the past 12 months.


Bhoomi pooja was performed for the National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) at Dharwad. It will be built at an area of 46 acres of land belonging to the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) campus. Read more about itBhoomi Pooja done for National Forensic Sciences University at Dharwad.

Hubballi Dharwad hosted National Youth Festival (NYF 2023) startin from 12th January till 16th January 2023. More than 7500 youth delegates representing States and UTs, NYKS, and NSS took part in the event. Read more about itHubballi Dharwad hosts National Youth Festival (NYF 2023).

B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubballi (Now KLE Technological University) had organized ‘BVB Amrit Mahotsava’ to celebrate its 75th year of providing quality education to budding engineers. Read more about itBVB Engineering College celebrates Amrit Mahotsava.

Rani Chennamma Circle flyover, one of the important projects of Hubballi city is making constant progress. The flyover work has started near Desai Cross on Club Road during last week of January. Read more about itChennamma Circle flyover work started at Desai Cross.


CM Basavaraj Bommai presented the Karnataka Budget 2023-24 on February 17. The budget failed to meet the expectations of Hubballi DharwadRead more about itKarnataka Budget 2023: What Hubballi Dharwad got?.

Dharwad is going to get South India’s second Lalita Kala Academy (LKA) Regional center soon. Foundation stone was laid for the same on February 20. Read more about itFoundation stone laid for Lalita Kala Academy at Dharwad.

Hubballi Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System (HDBRTS) invited tenders from eligible contractors to Widen the BRTS corridor at Bairidevarakoppa in HubballiRead more about itTender invited to widen BRTS corridor at Bairidevarakoppa.

Indian Railways has decided to construct a new Railway line from Kyarkoppa and Mummigatti in the Dharwad district. The new line is part of Dharwad to Belagavi direct railway line. Read more about itSWR to construct new railway line between Kyarkoppa and Mummigatti.

ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಹಣಕಾಸು ಸಚಿವೆ ಶ್ರೀಮತಿ ನಿರ್ಮಲಾ ಸೀತಾರಾಮನ್ ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ 5ನೇ ಬಜೆಟ್ ಮಂಡನೆಗಾಗಿ ಧಾರವಾಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ನವಲಗುಂದ ಕಸೂತಿ ಕಲೆ ಇರುವ ಕೆಂಪು (ಮರೂನ್ ಕಲರ್) ಬಣ್ಣದ ಸೀರೆ ಉಟ್ಟು ಬಂದಿರುವುದು ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿತ್ತು. Read more about itಧಾರವಾಡ ಕಸೂತಿ ಸೀರೆ ಉಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಲಾ ಸೀತಾರಾಮನ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಬಜೆಟ್ ಮಂಡನೆ.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Bhoomi Pooja (Foundation stone laying ceremony) for the Construction of Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Hospital at Hubballi on March 12. Read more about itBhoomi Pooja performed for the construction of Jayadeva Hospital at Hubballi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Dharwad) on March 12. Read more about itIIT Dharwad inaugurated on March 12.

The World’s Longest Railway Platform constructed by South Western Railway (SWR) at Shri Siddharooda Swamy Railway Station, Hubballi was inaugurated on March 12. Read more about itWorld’s Longest Railway Platform at Hubballi inaugurated on March 12.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has approved the establishment of an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) at DharwadRead more about itDharwad gets Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC).

Hubballi headquartered South Western Railway (SWR) earned total revenue of ₹7771 crores from all sources as of March 22, 2023, breaking the previous record of ₹6133 crores for the last fiscal year 2021-22. Read more about itSWR registers highest-ever revenue in 2022-23.


South Western Railway (SWR) completed the Doubling and Electrification of the Railway line between Hubballi and Bengaluru on April 1. Read more about itHubballi to Bengaluru rail line is fully Doubled and Electrified.

The much-awaited Widening of the Hubballi Dharwad bypass was started on the 1st week of April. Read more about itWidening of Hubballi Dharwad bypass started.

Hubballi hosted Indian Premier League Fanpark (IPL Fanpark 2023) on 15th and 16th April 2023. IPL fanpark was organised at BDK Ground in Hubballi. Read more about itHubballi hosts Tata IPL Fanpark 2023.

Dharwad district has seven Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) constituencies with a total of 15,07,414 eligible voters including 7,57,522 Males, 7,49,807 Females, and 85 Others. Read more about it15.07 Lakh eligible voters in the Dharwad district.


Cardiac healthcare in the North Karnataka region got a huge impetus as the Construction of Jayadeva Hospital of Cardiovascular Sciences was started in HubballiRead more about itConstruction of Jayadeva Hospital at Hubballi started.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) selected the Dharwad district for 100% digitization of all the Bank transactions in the Dharwad district. Read more about itRBI selects Dharwad district for 100% digitization of Bank transactions.

South Western Railway (SWR) headquartered at Hubballi became the leading Zone of the Indian Railways in terms of Key Performance Indices (KPIs). Read more about itSWR secures Top rank in Key Performance Indices.

Have you been a victim of Mobile theft or Lost your mobile phone in unavoidable circumstances? E-spandana, a unique initiative by Hubballi Dharwad City police may help you to get it back. Read more about it: Lost your mobile? E-spandana can get it back.

North Karnataka’s first dedicated Cargo terminal at Hubballi Airport has restarted operations on May 24. Read more about itCargo terminal at Hubballi Airport restarted.

The election manifesto released by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the Karnataka MLA Elections 2023 has promised to construct Metro Rail for Hubballi DharwadRead more about itBJP manifesto promises Metro Rail for Hubballi Dharwad.


The much-awaited Vande Bharat Express (One of India’s most premium trains) between Dharwad and Bengaluru via Hubballi and Davanagere was inaugurated on June 27. Read more about itDharwad Hubli Bengaluru Vande Bharat Express inaugurated on June 27.

A longstanding request for a high-quality Sports Complex in North Karnataka is to be fulfilled soon. A full-fledged Integrated Sports Complex is coming up at Murarji Nagar in HubballiRead more about itIntegrated Sports Complex under construction in Hubballi.

The much-awaited Road Over Bridge (ROB) at Kalyan Nagar in Dharwad was inaugurated by Union Minister and Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi on June 3. Read more about itKalyan Nagar Road Over bridge in Dharwad inaugurated.

India’s largest airline, IndiGo successfully completed 5 years of operations at Hubballi Airport. The airline celebrated its 5th anniversary at Hubballi Airport yesterday on 28th June. Read more about itIndiGo celebrates its 5th anniversary at Hubballi Airport.


Airport Authority of India (AAI) has added two Self check-in kiosks at Hubballi Airport to make the check-in process hassle-free. Read more about itTravel hassle-free: Hubballi Airport gets 2 Self check-in kiosks.

A total of 194 Water bodies are being constructed/rejuvenated in the Dharwad district as part of the Amrit Sarovar Mission of the Union Government. Read more about it194 Water bodies of Dharwad district to be rejuvenated under Amrit Sarovar.

If everything goes well, Hubballi Dharwad cities will be the first in India to get Light Rail Transit (LRT) service. The project is being planned to ease traffic congestion in twin cities. Read more about itHubballi Dharwad may get Light Rail Transit (LRT)?.

Hubballi Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System (HDBRTS) in association with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), is beautifying the space below the Unkal flyover in HubballiRead more about itSpace below the Unkal flyover is getting beautified.

Indian Railways has decided to redevelop or improve the facilities of 44 Railway Stations across Karnataka under the Central government’s Adarsh Station scheme. Hubballi and Dharwad is in the list. Read more about it44 Railway Stations of Karnataka including Hubballi and Dharwad to be redeveloped under Adarsh Station scheme.


A report by Deloitte India and Nasscom has revealed that Hubballi, Mysuru, and Mangaluru have been adjudged as Emerging technology hubs in Karnataka. Read more about itEmerging Tech Hubs in Karnataka: Hubballi, Mysuru, and Mangaluru as per Deloitte Nasscom report.

North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) has decided to induct 450 Electric buses. New buses are likely to join the fleet of NWKRTC soon. Read more about itNWKRTC to induct 450 Electric buses soon.

Hubballi’s Green Mobility Corridor won First prize under the ‘Innovative Idea’ category in the India Smart Cities Awards Contest (ISAC) – 2022 on 25th August 2023. Read more about itHubballi’s Green Mobility Corridor wins ISAC 2022 award.

India’s largest airline IndiGo upgraded Hubballi to Mumbai flight to Airbus A320 from the Winter Schedule 2023. Read more about itIndiGo to upgrade Hubballi Mumbai flight to Airbus.

South Western Railway (SWR) has inaugurated one more Pitline in the yard of Shri Siddharooda Swamy (SSS) Railway Station, Hubballi under the Gati Shakti mission. Read more about itHubballi Railway Station gets one more Pitline.

In a major setback, the Central government has not approved the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) proposed at Hubballi Dharwad by the Karnataka State government. Read more about itAIIMS proposed for Hubballi Dharwad not approved.

Srilankan legendary cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan will invest ₹900 Crores for a Beverage plant at FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) cluster, Dharwad. Read more about itCricketer Muttiah Muralitharan to invest in FMCG cluster Dharwad.


ACC Energy Storage, a fully-owned subsidiary of Rajesh Exports Limited will set up a 5 GWh Lithium-ion cell manufacturing unit at Dharwad to make Battery packs for Electric vehicles. Read more about itACC Energy to set up 5 Gwh Lithium-ion cell factory at Dharwad.

Karnataka High Court has accorded Green signal for the much awaited Hubballi Ankola Railway Line project. All the hurdles for the project have now been nullified. Read more about itHubballi Ankola Railway line gets Green signal from High court.

Embracing the Digital India mission, North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) has started accepting UPI payment to buy tickets. Read more about itNWKRTC introduces UPI based ticketing system on board buses.

North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) celebrated its Silver Jubilee on September 24. NWKRTC has organised the Silver Jubilee ceremony at Dr Virendra Heggade Kalakshetra, Dharwad. Read more about itNWKRTC celebrates its Silver Jubilee on September 24.

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. Read more about itKCCI requests SWR to start Hubballi Pune Vande Bharat Express.

Nidec Industrial Automation India Private Limited performed Bhoomi pooja Ceremony for a new factory campus at Kotur Belur EMC Cluster Industrial Area in Dharwad. Read more about itNidec Industrial Automation to invest ₹450 Crores at Dharwad.

Inox Movies, one of the most popular Multiplex chains in India opened a 4-screen Multiplex in Dharwad on 10th September. Read more about itInox Multiplex at Dharwad inaugurated on 10th September.

The cabinet sub-committee on Disaster Management in Karnataka declared that 195 taluks in Karnataka including 5 in Dharwad district have been declared as Drought-hit. Read more about it5 taluks of Dharwad district declared Drought hit in Karnataka.


Hubballi Airport will be remodelled into a World-class terminal in the next 2-3 years. Airport Authority of India (AAI) called Tenders for the Construction of New Terminal building at Hubballi Airport. Read more about itHubballi Airport to get an International Standard terminal soon.

In a remarkable feat, Seven researchers from the KLE Technological University Hubballi have made it to the list of the top 2% scientists in the world released by Stanford University, USA. Read more about itSeven researchers from KLE Tech University Hubballi among top 2% scientists.

In order to make public transportation easier than ever, NWKRTC introduced Cashfree ticketing across City buses, BRTS and Suburban services in Hubballi Dharwad. Read more about itHubballi Dharwad goes Cashfree for City, BRTS and Suburban travel.

IndiGo upgraded the Hubballi to Mumbai flight to 186-seater Airbus A320 from October 29. Increased passenger load and Cargo demand had pushed the airline to upgrade the flight. Read more about itIndiGo upgrades Hubballi Mumbai flight to 186-seater Airbus A320.

Vande Bharat Express introduced between Bengaluru and Dharwad via Davanagere and Hubballi has been a huge hit among the Youth and Working class. Read more about itDharwad Bengaluru Vande Bharat Express, a hit among working class.

In a positive development, the Karnataka government sanctioned ₹13 Crores for the reconstruction of the Dharwad City Bus Terminal (CBT) on the 19th of October. Read more about itDharwad to get a new modern City Bus Terminal (CBT).

The International Tennis Federation organized the ‘International Tennis Games’ at Dharwad from October 15 to 22. Ranked tennis players from various countries participated in the event. Read more about itDharwad hosts International Tennis Championship from October 15.


Chikkamalligawad near Dharwad is all set to get an Electric Vehicle (EV cluster) in the coming days. The Karnataka government has identified land at Chikkamalligawad near Dharwad to create an EV cluster. Read more about itChikkamalligawad near Dharwad to get EV cluster.

North Western Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) to get 4 European-style Multi-axle AC Sleeper buses. NWKRTC will also procure 20 non-AC sleeper buses. Read more about itNWKRTC to get 4 Ambaari Utsav like buses.

South Western Railway (SWR) had cancelled the services of Train Number 07339/07340 Hubballi KSR Bengaluru Hubballi Superfast Express indefinitely. SWR had to reinstate the train after it received widespread backlash. Read more about itHubballi Bengaluru Superfast Express cancelled indefinitely, restored after protests.

Dharwad Railway Station is going to get Second entry towards the Kalyan Nagar side under the Central government’s Amrit Bharat Station scheme. Read more about itDharwad Railway Station to get Second entry on Kalyan Nagar side.


Harsh Constructions Private Limited (HCPL), a Nashik based Construction company has emerged as the L1 bidder and will build Hubballi Airport’s brand New Terminal. Read more about itHarsh Constructions to build Hubballi Airport’s New Terminal.

The central government has sanctioned the construction of Road Under Bridge (RUB) and Circular Interchange at Srinagar Circle near Karnataka University, Dharwad. Read more about itCircular Interchange and Road Under Bridge (RUB) approved near Karnataka University, Dharwad.

As of December 1st, 2023 around 80% of the Railway line under the Hubballi headquartered South Western Railway (SWR) has been Fully electrified by the Indian Railways. Read more about it80% of Railway line under Hubballi headquartered SWR is now fully electrified.

In a major setback, Indian Railways has cancelled the tender to construct a new broad gauge railway line between Kyarkoppa and Mummigatti due to administrative reasons. Read more about itPart of Belagavi Dharwad new Railway line’s tender cancelled.

South Western Railway (SWR) has decided to implement Automatic Signalling between Bangalore (Yeshwantpur) and Arsikere for the movement of Passenger and Freight trains. Read more about itSWR to implement Automatic Signalling between Bengaluru and Arsikere.

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