The long-felt demand of people of this district for a direct train to Hyderabad was fulfilled today with the flagging off an Inter-City Express service between the two places.
Minister of state for Railways K H Muniyappa flagged off the train at the Railway station in Bidar.
The train which leaves here at 7 AM will reach Hyderabad at 10.20 AM. In the return direction, it will leave Hyderabad at 6.45 pm and arrive here at 10.15 pm.
Muniyappa recalled the efforts by Union Minister for Labour M Mallikarjun Kharge and former chief minister N Dharam Singh, who represents Bidar Lok Sabha constituency for their efforts in introduction of the new train.
Muniyappa said the Bidar-Gulbarga new line would be completed in about a year's time.
Besides Dharam Singh, Minister for Infrastructure Development Sunil Valyapure and others were present on the occasion.