As directed by Shri Suresh Channabasappa Angadi, Hon’ble Minister of State of Railways to fulfill the long-standing demand of public of Uttara Kannada and Dharwad district, South Western Railway is going to inaugurated the Railway line between Ambewadi – Alnavar for passenger trains and pleased to run the Train No. 56924 / 56923 Ambewadi – Dharwad – Ambewadi Passenger in newly opened line.
The Railway line between Ambewadi – Alnavar and flag off the Inaugural Train No. 06923 Ambewadi – Dharwad Passenger Special at 14:00 hrs on 03.11.2019 from Ambewadi. Inaugural Special train will run up to Dharwad to open path and timings with a composition of 4 Coaches consisting of THREE General Second Class Coaches and ONE Second Class Luggage cum Brake Van.
The section between Ambewadi – Alnavar is a historic 100-year-old Railway Track which was used only for the transport of goods traffic after conversion to Broad Gauge and now for the first time in history being opened for passenger traffic in Broad Gauge. Constructed to carry forest products especially timber during the First World War, the meter gauge track was laid by Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway in 1918. It connected the main railway line from Belagavi to Hubballi with four stations in between -Gogtewadi, Shingatgeri, Ambewadi and Dandeli. Initially, only goods trains only ran and later passenger trains were introduced. The meter gauge track was being used for movement of goods traffic to and from the Paper mills at Dandeli.
In 1994, the railway services were stopped for conversion from Meter Gauge to Broad-gauge work. The single line section between Alnavar to Ambewadi was re-opened with a Broad gauge and commissioned for Goods traffic on 07.07.1995.
1. Length 25 Km
2. The approximate cost for the conversion of track from Meter gauge to Broad Gauge Rs.12.35 Cr (in 1994-95)
3. Category E
4. No. of Bridges- 1 Major bridge 53 Minor bridges
5. Level crossing Gates 3 Nos.
During this year (2019-20) for upgrading of 25 Kms of track and for track upgradation work for smooth running of passenger trains an amount of Rs.40.68 Cr was sanctioned. An amount of Rs.7.93 Cr was spent towards the construction of station buildings and other passenger amenity works a total of Rs. 75 Cr completed in the current year itself with passenger trains between Alnavar to Ambewadi.
The Alnavar to Ambewadi section is now opened for passenger trains. Alnavar is close to Dandeli, which is a tourist destination with the natural habitat of wildlife and lush green forests on the banks of the Kali river.
It is an ideal spot for river rafting and adventure sports like mountain biking, trekking, cycling, kayaking, and canoeing. It is called nature lover’s paradise & Trakker’s delight. It boasts of many beautiful sightseeing places/spots such as River Kali, Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary, Shiroli Peak, Dandelappa Temple, Molangi Falls, Kavala Caves, KavadiKere, Supa Dam.
This railway line will help to boost tourism in the region. It will also enable the residents of the upper Ghat districts to reach Hubballi, Dharwad, and Belagavi.
Regular service of Train No. 56923 / 56924 Dharwad – Ambewadi – Dharwad Passenger in the newly opened line will commence from 04.11.2019 from both directions.
As regular service Train No. 56923 Dharwad – Ambewadi Passenger will depart from Dharwad at 11:30 hrs and arrive at Ambewadi at 13:00 hrs on the same day, with effect from 04.11.2019.
Enroute this train will arrive/depart Kyarkop – 11:40/11:41 hrs,
Mugud – 11:50/11:51 hrs, Kambarganvi – 12:01/12:02 hrs and Alnavar – 12:14/12:16 hrs.
As regular service Train No.56924 Ambewadi – Dharwad Passenger will depart from Ambewadi at 15:00 hrs and arrive at Dharwad at 16:40 hrs on the same day, with effect from 04.11.2019.
Enroute this train will arrive/depart Alnavar – 15:50/15:52 hrs, Kambarganvi – 16:02/16:03 hrs, Mugud – 16:14/16:15 hrs and Kyarkop – 16:25/16:26 hrs.
The Train will have a composition of 3 Coaches consisting of TWO General Second Class Coaches and ONE Second Class Luggage cum Brake Van.