Track to Diplomacy: India-Nepal Rail Project to Boost Bilateral Ties; Here’s All You Need to Know about It

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba are all ready to inaugurate rail services between the two countries operating from Jaynagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Janakpur on Saturday. The wide-gauge railway project, which seeks to take bilateral relations between the two nations to a higher level, will have a formal launch program at Delhi’s Hyderabad House. The event will be conducted with the help of video conferences, and both leaders will flag off the first train on the route around 12.15.

In the first phase of the project, 34.50 km (Jaynagar to Kurtha) of a total distance of 69.08 km will be opened, while the remaining line to Bardibas in Nepal will be made functional within a time. The investment has a total of 2.95 km in India while the remaining 65.75 km is in Nepal.

East Central Railway (ECR) chief public relations officer (CPRO) Birendra Kumar says: “This will greatly facilitate the pilgrims going from India to Janakpur Dham in Nepal. After the start of this railway service, travel will go smoothly and trade will have a In addition, the tourist movement will be facilitated and the border area will also be developed rapidly. “

The operation of narrow-gauge trains between Jaynagar in India and Baijalpur in Nepal began in 1937. Due to floods in Nepal, it was disrupted in 2001, but train traffic from Janakpur to Jaynagar continued until March 2014. After a long wait of eight years, the countries will be reconnected. by a railway.

The route will have a total of eight stations and six stops. It will also have 47 road junctions and 15 major bridges. Furthermore, there are 127 smaller bridges on the stretch. According to the original plans, for passenger trains, a speed of 100 kilometers per hour will be allowed, while for goods it will be limited to 65 km / h.

To operate the route, two sets of 1600 HP DEMU passenger rakes were delivered to Nepal by Konkan Rail Corporation Limited (KRCL). These rakes have two AC trainers each in addition to non-AC trainers. KRCL is considered by Nepal Railway to take care of the operation and maintenance until it can do this itself.

In July 2021, Indian Railways conducted a speed test on the route, which Railways Nepal approved. It was declared suitable and given for further commissioning in October 2021.

– In addition to being a technically superior project, it is also a project of great importance to both countries. This is just the beginning; in railways, we will continue to work for the development and ties between the two nations, ”said Gaurav Krishna Bansal, Executive Director of Information and Publicity at the Railway Board.

The trains on the route will pass through the Madhubani district of Bihar and the agricultural and densely populated districts of Dhanusa, Mahottari and Siraha in Nepal. Custom checkpoints have been made on this railway line at Jaynagar in India and Inarwa station in Nepal.

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