Extension of 11139/11140 CSMT(Mumbai)- GADAG Express (Daily) to Hosapete
After years of requests, Hosapete, the gateway to Karnataka’s Hampi, a UNESCO heritage site, is now linked with Pune and Mumbai, India’s economic and transit centers. The railway board has approved extending the 11139/11140 CSMT (Mumbai) – GADAG Express (Daily) to Hosapete on 1st August 2023.
Schedule of the Extension
Departing from Gadag at 10.45 AM, it will arrive at Hosapete at 12.45 PM on the same day. (Train No. 11139)
For the return journey, the train will depart from Hosapete at 2.00 PM and arrive at Gadag at 3.25 PM. (Train No. 11140)
Notably, the train will now make stops at Koppal and Munirabad in the extended portion of its route.
Railway Board in its order has advised the zonal railways to introduce the train in the extended portion at an early date.
Trains 11139/11140 are vital links that connect key cities and destinations such as Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Badami, and Gadag. These cities hold economic significance (Mumbai & Pune) and historical importance (Solapur, Vijayapura, Badami).
The extension to Hosapete, acting as the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hampi, adds a touch of enchantment. Travelers from Mumbai and Pune can now effortlessly explore the cultural richness of these historic sites. As they no longer need to make multiple changes or transfers to reach Hampi.
Hosapete serves as the nearest railway station to the renowned Hampi ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These ruins are remnants of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire and hold significant historical and architectural value.
Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy in Hospet and the surrounding areas. With improved connectivity through this train extension, there’s potential for increased tourism-related business activities, leading to economic growth and employment opportunities for the local population.