Prakash Hukkeri, the state government’s special representative for Delhi, recently had a meeting with Jaya Verma Sinha, the chairman of the Central Railway Board. During this meeting, Hukkeri submitted a formal request to Sinha, urging the initiation of the Belagavi-Pune inter-city train. The residents of Belagavi have been persistently requesting this train service for a significant duration.
In the request letter, it was mentioned that Belagavi, a prominent city in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa, plays a vital role in connecting these states. With a population exceeding 600,000, Belagavi is well-known for its sugar production. However, due to the lack of regular train services, a large portion of the population is forced to depend on private buses for transportation. As a result, there is a strong demand from the residents to establish a new intercity train connecting Belagavi and Pune.
Jaya Verma Sinha has committed to giving priority to the introduction of a new intercity train between Belagavi and Pune in response to the request.
Prakash Hukkeri said in a statement that the Bengaluru-Dharwad Vande Bharat train has been expanded to include Belagavi, and Sinha has been invited to grace the inauguration ceremony.