Union Minister and Dharwad MP Pralhad Joshi met Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in New Delhi yesterday to discuss about starting the Vande Bharat Express between Hubballi Dharwad and Bengaluru.
Pralhad Joshi tweeted that “All necessary preparations for the commencement of train service have been completed. The Minister has promised to launch the Second Vande Bharat train in the state by July”.
The electrification work between Hubballi and Bengaluru has been completed except a few stretches between Hubballi and Haveri. The pending work is likely to be completed within 2-3 weeks.
As per a document released by CORE, Indian Railways is supposed to conduct Trial run of Vande Bharat Express between Bengaluru and Dharwad as soon as possible.
Trains between Bengaluru and Hubballi are likely to be hauled by Electric locos by June 2nd or 3rd week. Construction of Traction Substation (TSS) is in progress at few places.
Electric loco trial was successfully conducted between Devaragudda Hubballi section (Up line only) on 31st March. The electrification of Down line is yet to be commissioned (will be done within 2 weeks as per sources).
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.