A new 73-km rail line between Belagavi and Dharwad via Kittur got the administrative approval of the state cabinet on Tuesday.
The new railway project will reduce the distance between Belagavi and Dharwad considerably and will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 927.4 crore.
The railway project will have 13 new railway stations including one in the historic Kittur town.
The Railway Ministry informed RITES, Leading Transport Infrastructure Consultancy and Engineering company, that a new line between Belagavi and Dharwad via Kittur will not be executed by the company.
The travel time between Belagavi and Dharwad will be reduced to merely an hour compared to the three-hour travel time on the current rail line between the two cities.
The first basic survey was done in 2003. The survey was submitted to the Railway Board for approval and also the planning commission in 2012.
There would be 13 stations in-between Belgaum and Dharwad namely: Halga, Ganikoppa, Tigudi, Sampagaon, Bailvadi, Bailhongal, Naginhal, Hunshikatti, Kittur, Teguru, Heggeri, Mommingatti, Kyrakop.