It was announced in the Railway Budget
The Hampi Express will be run as a full-fledged, independent train from Hubli to Bangalore and back from July 15.
This was communicated by officials of the Railway Board to National Rail Users' Consultative Committee (NURCC) member Babulal Jain at a meeting in Hubli on Wednesday.
During the Railway Budget, Railway Minister Mamta Banerjee said the popular link express from Bangalore to Nanded and Hubli would be bifurcated and run as separate trains. Mr. Jain met the chairman and other officials of the Railway Board on their visit to Hubli on Wednesday, and submitted a memorandum seeking better rail facilities in the region.
Mr. Jain said a separate Hampi Express would allow more berths for passengers from Gadag, Koppal, Hospet and Bellary. He said that officials from the Railway Board had also promised to consider extending the Hampi Express to Mysore.
‘Improve for industries'
In the memorandum, Mr. Jain highlighted the need to improve rail facilities in the region, especially because Karnataka was emerging as an industrial hub not only for information technology, biotechnology and semiconductors, but also for the manufacturing sector expecting an investment of about Rs. 4 lakh crore, of which about Rs. 3 lakh crore would invested in large-scale steel industries in Bellary and Koppal districts.
He pointed out that the region between Guntakal and Hubli needed to be improved to meet the challenges posed by the proposed establishment of large-scale industries in Bellary and Bijapur districts.
Introduction of train services between Hubli and Chennai (via Guntakal, Pakala), Chennai and Mumbai, (via Guntakal, Bellary, Hospet, Gadag, Bijapur, Solapur), overnight trains between Hubli and Mumbai, Hubli and Jodhpur (via Gadag, Solapur, Dhond, Manmad, Surat, Ahmedabad, Bhildi and Samdari), and reintroduction of the train between Yeshwantpur-Ahmedabad as a permanent one ( via Arsikere, Rayadurga, Bellary, Gadag and Solapur) were among the other demands put forth by him.Mr. Jain also requested for a train between Bangalore and the Jain pilgrimage centre of Palitana.