Dinesh Trivedi, Union Railway Minister has agreed to consider the proposal to lay a high-speed corridor between Bangalore and Belgaum. The project if it materializes will reduce the travel time between the two cities, where currently the railways take about 12 hours. The project would be carried out on Public Private Partnership basis.
The railway minister is likely to discuss the issue with the State Government when he visits the city on September 20.
A survey would be done once the railway ministry agrees to undertake the project and asses the project viability. The project is most probably likely to be handed over to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).
This was told to the press by Karwar MP Ananth Kumar Hegde.
If this project materializes this will be a boon for people from North Karnataka. But as all is still in the approval stage it would take a long time to be implemented.
Also that the Belgaum – Dharwad line is also only on paper we suppose the hi speed corridor will be made using that line only which is still not clear.
Mr.Deshpande who frequently travels to Bangalore by train told this blog that, “ Train even if its 100 minutes late at Belgaum makes up time and reaches Bangalore on time. This means that even on the current route a lot of time can be saved. And if a hi speed corridor is made it would be easy for us to commute to the home town.’