The city will get another weekly train to Bidar in Karnataka, with the railways announcing the schedule and route details. The Mumbai-Bidar train was announced in the railway budget presented in July this year, but the route had not been specified whether it would go via Aurangabad or Pune.
The Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) — Bidar train (number 11075) will leave every Tuesday at 12.05pm, and go via Pune, Latur and Osmanabad to reach Bidar on Wednesday at 4am. From Bidar, the train (11076) will leave on Wednesday at 7.30am, arrive Pune at 7.50pm, and reach LTT at 11.55pm. At present, the city is connected with Bidar with a tri-weekly train.
In the interim budget presented in February, the UPA-II government had announced three direct trains from Pune to Howrah (AC biweekly), Lucknow (weekly) and Gorakhpur (weekly). Three indirect train included Yeshwantpur-Jaipur (AC weekly), and weekly trains between Mumbai-Hubli (via Solapur, Bijapur), and between Mumbai and Chennai.