The wait is over! South Western Railway (SWR) is set to introduce Vande Bharat Express between Bengaluru and Dharwad via Davanagere and Hubballi most likely from June 26.
8 coach Vande Bharat rake was transferred to SWR yesterday from Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. The rake is now resting at KSR Bengaluru Railway Station.
South Western Railway officials will inspect the rake and a trial run is likely to happen between Bengaluru and Dharwad via Davanagere and Hubballi on June 19.
As per sources, the train leaves KSR Bengaluru at 5:45 AM and reaches Dharwad at 12:40 PM. En route, the train stops at Yeshwantpur (5:55 AM), Davanagere (9:58 AM), and Hubballi (12:10 PM).
In the return direction, it leaves Dharwad at 1:15 PM and reaches KSR Bengaluru at 8:10 PM. En route, the train stops at Hubballi (1:35 PM), Davanagere (3:48 PM), and Yeshwantpur (7:45 PM).
The train will operate on 6 days/week (except Tuesday). Vande Bharat Express will cover 487.47km distance in 6 hours and 55 minutes between Bengaluru and Dharwad.
The average speed of the train in both directions will be 70.54 kmph. But, South Western Railway (SWR) needs to reduce the travel time to get good patronage.
The train will comprise 8 coaches including 7 Chair Car coaches and 1 Executive Chair Car coach. South Western Railway (SWR) is yet to decide on the pricing of the train.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate Bengaluru to Dharwad Vande Bharat Express via Video conference on June 26. However, there is no official confirmation of the same.
Apart from Bengaluru to Dharwad, PM Modi will also inaugurate Mumbai to Goa, Patna to Ranchi, Bhopal to Indore, and Bhopal to Jabalpur Vande Bharat Express via Video conference on the same day.