The Karnataka Cabinet on Tuesday granted administrative approval for the Belagavi-Kittur-Dharwad railway project.
The 73-km rail line will come up at a cost of Rs 927.4 crore. The long-standing demand to connect the two cities received some momentum earlier this year when funds were allocated for the project in the budget.
The travel time between Belagavi and Dharwad will be reduced to an hour compared to the three-hour travel time on the current rail line between the two cities.
The new line will have 11 railway stations of which seven are new stations. The Railway Board had cleared the project in 2020.