A direct railway line between Belgaum and Dharwad will soon be a reality with the railway ministry submitting a proposal for the Planning Commission to this effect. Currently, the train journey from Belgaum to Hubli via Londa takes nearly four hours, whereas it takes just two hours by bus. The state government is ready to give its 50 per cent share for constructing direct railway line between Belgaum and Dharwad. The direct railway line from Belgaum and Dharwad will be very helpful to people especially to students and working class people who regularly travel between the two cities.
If a direct line is constructed then it will go via Kittur, just parallel to the bus route and hence will reach in just one and a half hours and nearly 50km distance can be cut down. Survey for Final Location for the proposed new railway line alignment has been sanctioned. The work shall be taken up immediately. Final Location Survey is assigned to Rail Infrastructure Development Company (Karnataka) Limited (K-RIDE) which can quickly complete the survey with State Government support. The survey will start after work is awarded and the agency is fixed.
The proposed new railway line passes through Dharwad, Kittur, and Hirebagewadi to reach Belagavi. The distance between Belagavi and Dharwad will reduce by 31 Kms once this new line is laid. This will benefit the public of Dharwad and Belagavi, making the journey between these two smart cities easier and quicker. It will also enable the people of Belagavi to reach Bengaluru, the capital city of State of Karnataka directly.