Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will inaugurate a new tri-weekly train between Bidar and Bangalore on September 1.
This was disclosed by former chief minister and Bidar Lok Sabha member N Dharam Singh at a press meet at the District Congress Committee office here on Sunday.
The train’s inauguration will be held at the Bidar Railway Station at 12 noon. The new train will depart from Bidar at 6 pm and reach Bangalore at 8 am the next morning. On the return, it will depart Bangalore at 7 pm and reach Bidar at 8 am the next morning, he added.
“We could not change the timing of the Nanded-Bangalore Express from 12:30 pm to 5 pm despite a series of efforts. However, after Mallikarjun Kharge became the Railway Minister, the district’s long-pending demand for an alternative train has been fulfilled. This has brought happiness to the people of the district and we will celebrate it in a grand manner,” he said.
He pointed out that the Nanded-Bangalore Express train takes 19 hours to cover the 735 km between Bidar and Bangalore. However, the new train will help passengers save 6 to 7 hours, he said.
Dharam Singh said the Bidar-Humanabad push and pull train will also be inaugurated within a month. The demand of Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS) students seeking due recognition for the institute will be resolved within two months. “I have discussed this with Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil and he has promised to solve the
issue within two months,” he said. Compensation to farmers in the district who sufferred loss due to excess rain will be given soon, he added. Problems of the Bidar Sahakara Sakkare Karkhane will be solved soon and a delegation will meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah shortly, he said.