A highly placed source from Central Railway said running a Jan Shatabdi is not a big issue. There is only one issue, which can be solved after a maintenance workshop is set up in Belagavi. Belagavi is a small station and currently has no maintenance workshop. Running a Jan Shatabdi needs a maintenance workshop at both start and endpoints. The workshop is there in Pune but not in Belagavi, reports the sakaltimes.com.
Further it says, Besides, if the train starts, it will run during odd hours. Jan Shatabdi Express is a high-speed train. It is affordable to the common man. “The top-speed of Jan Shatabdi trains is 140 km/hr with an average of 70 km/hr. It returns back on the same day as the start station. It will take five hours to reach Miraj and then three hours to Belagavi. If we start the train, it will depart at odd hours such as 4.30 am or 5 am and arrive in Belagavi at 1 pm. The train will depart from Belagavi at 3 pm and arrive in Pune at 11 or 11.30 pm,” said the officer.
Already some facilities have been provided at Belagavi like Watering, Rake Maintenance & Turn-Around. The report may have not included in this in the report, says BelagaviRailway, a twitter handle dedicated towards the development of railways in Belagavi district.
The Belagavi Bengaluru train with new LHB coaches now is been running successfully without any issues over a couple of months now.
As of now, the report has been sent to the Railway Board for its consideration.
Pune to Belagavi train has been a long-pending demand for the travelers and with MoSR Suresh Angadi taking a keen interest in starting new trains to Belagavi and nearby places, hopefully, he will see to it that we get this long-awaited train.