India and Nepal on Thursday agreed for the earliest operation of passenger trains on the Jayanagar-Kurtha section. Both the countries have also signed the Standard Operating Procedure for the operation of trains on this section. In this, Jayanagar is located in India while Kurtha is located in Nepal. Apart from this, India and Nepal have also signed an MoU regarding the final location survey of the proposed broad gauge railway line between Raxaul to Kathmandu.
Agreed on Raxaul-Kathmandu rail line
India and Nepal have agreed on the rail line in the 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) and 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings held on 6th and 7th October. The Ministry of External Affairs said in an official statement that the two sides reviewed the implementation of cross-border railway links and bilateral cooperation in the railway sector.
Passenger train will be run on Jayanagar-Kurtha section
The ministry has said in its statement that through SOP, an agreement has been reached on the technical aspect of running passenger trains on Jayanagar-Kurtha section. It will serve as a guiding document for early commencement of rail services in the cross border railway link with Nepal. India has also said that the proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu broad gauge railway line will further boost connectivity between the two countries.
Rail network being built in Nepal with the help of India
Apart from this, the two countries discussed the ongoing works of the Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and Jogbani-Biratnagar broad gauge railway lines being developed with Government of India grant. The railway line from Jayanagar (India) to Kurtha (Nepal) is 34 km long. Both India and Nepal will benefit lakhs of citizens from both the countries of India and Nepal by the operation of trains on this railway line.
Nepal assured to complete the work soon
The Nepalese side also conveyed that necessary regulatory framework would be put in place to facilitate early operations. For the Kurtha to Bilajpura (17.25 km) section of the railway line. Nepal assured to provide necessary facility to complete the work at the earliest. The two sides also agreed to expedite the completion and early operationalization of the 18.6 km long Jogbent-Ne ULD Biratnagar rail link.
[Attribution to NBT]