Vijayapura: A new express train will chug off from Vijayapura connecting the historical city Hyderabad from Friday May 6.
The South-Central Railway (SCR) will restore one of the oldest trains between two historical cities. The railway board has approved the operation of train no 57130/29 Hyderabad-Vijayapura vice-versa Vijayapura-Hyderabad daily express train.
Along with restoring, the SCR also upgraded this train from a daily passenger train to an express. This will reduce the two hours journey between the two historical cities. This will also ply through three states Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.
According to SCR, “The Hyderabad-Bijapur express train service will start from May 6. This train will depart Hyderabad at 9.10 pm and will arrive at Vijayapura at 8.10 am and the same train will depart Vijayapura at 8.05 pm and reaches Hyderabad at 8.20 am. This train compromises of general, sleeper and air-condition compartments.”
This train service was discontinued after the outbreak of coronavirus in 2020. However, the railway authorities restored the train services, that were withdrawn, phase-wise. The SCR and South Western Railways have introduced maximum trains from Vijayapura in the last one and half years.
The people of Vijayapura also welcomed the decision of the railway authorities. The rail activists and netizens have been demanding railway board for the introduction of this train for the past few months.
This train is not only expected to boost the tourism but also business between the two historical cities.
Ashok Hallur, Chairman of the Vijayapura Railway Action Committee, pointed out, “With the introduction of this train it will provide a safe and economical journey for the people of this region. It is one of the oldest trains, where it was introduced in the early 1990s, operating from Vijayapura.”
“It is appreciative that the railway board has upgraded it to express train from passenger service. This will reduce the travel time by two hours. It will also connect Solapur and Gulbarga cities. The railway authorities should restore all the trains from Vijayapura,” urged railway activist Hallur.