In a move enhancing its connectivity with India, Nepal has decided to speed up the execution of its first broad gauge railway project with the latter by 2018 end.
Nepal will to bring the Nepal-India broad gauge rail project into operation by December 2018, informed a senior official from Nepal Department of Railways.
The country’s first-ever broad gauge railway line will extend from Nepal’s south-eastern town Janakpur to India’s bordering town Jayanagar covering a total distance of 69 km.
According to the official, five other cross-border railway projects between the two countries are also under plans.
Though there was a railway service line connecting the two places in the past, that was on narrow gauge. However, the railway service across the line has been on halt since five years owing to renovation works.
Nepal does not hold operating service under the new line that is being constructed owing to lack of relevant personnel who can operate broad gauge service, says the department official.
Raxaul-Kathmandu Rail Line
In another update, officials from the both the countries have also agreed to sign MoU for preliminary engineering along with traffic survey of the Raxaul-Kathmandu railway line, very soon.
Joint Secretary for Nepali Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) Keshab Kumar Sharma and India’s External Affairs Joint Secretary (DPA-III) Namgya Khampa discussed this in a recent meeting.
As part of discussions, the officials came to a consensus on completing the Jayanagar-Janakpur-Kurtha railway line and Jogbani-Biratnagar Customs Yard by October 2018.