Hubli and Dharwad are twin cities in the state of Karnataka in India, separated by a distance of 22 km. Hubli and Dharwad form part of a single municipal corporation, the Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC). HDMC covers an area of 202 Sq. km and has population of 9.6 lakhs as per Census 2011.
Hubli is a commercial centre and is also the head quarters of the South-western Railway. It also has an airport with daily flights to and fro Hubli. Dharwad is the educational hub of the region and is also the district headquarters. There is already a high volume of traffic between the two cities. Currently, this demand is catered by the NWKRTC through a bus based system, and private vehicles. Though buses accounts for only 7-11% of total traffic flow on the road between Hubli and Dharwad, they carry about 70-80% of people
The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) had a Comprehensive Traffic & Transport Plan (CTTP) prepared for the twin cities. The CTTP outlined the strategies to be followed to ensure mobility and accessibility to the growing population of the twin cities. The predominant focus is on strengthening the sustainable modes of transport like Public Transport (PT) and Non- Motorized Transport (NMT) like walking and cycling . CTTP has also clearly brought into focus the fact that unless the Public Transport infrastructure and quality of services are improved, the Public Transport mode share is likely to come down with time. It was in this context that the DULT commissioned a detailed feasibility study and implementation plan for a BRT between Hubli and Dharwad