A dedicated railway track, which connects Bidar and Kalaburgi was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, where he had also flagged off the first train on the route, in presence of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
What makes the 110 km track impressive is that it will help reduce the distance for long distance trains shuttling between Bengaluru and New Delhi by almost 380 km. It cuts travel time by six to eight hours.
According to Financial Express, the new rail track will connect Bidar and Bengaluru directly, with no foreseeable outages between the 690 km stretch.
Reportedly, the project was commissioned as early as 1996 but never saw the light of the day until 2000. However, inadequate fund allocations and land acquisition related delays further dragged the project to the state of almost being stalled.
Due to multiple pauses over the years, the budget of the project, which had originally been ₹370 crore ended up escalating to a massive budget of ₹1,542 crore.
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The new railway track is part of the major overhaul envisioned by Goyal-led Railway ministry, which is implementing various cost-cutting and timesaving initiatives and putting an end to unproductive and unprofitable ventures under its enterprise.
From an innovative travel timetable to a cut-down on the running time of long-distance trains, things are looking up for the national transporter with 500 trains across the country already implementing the revised operations.