Date of Post: Nov 05, 2018
New Delhi: Railways sources said that the 1st passenger train to run on broad gauge from India to Nepal is likely to run from December this year. The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district in Janakpur Zone of south eastern Nepal and its a 34 km stretch.
- An immigration check-post is likely to be established at Jayanagar station manned by either the Bureau of Immigration or the state government.
- A source said that no visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch.
- the Nepalese authorities have informed the railways that the section will be opened with 4 trips and will ply in 8 to 16 hour shifts.
- The 1st train will be a passenger train and the Nepalese also have stated that they want to run both passenger and freight trains on this section.
- Nepal will take rolling stock like rakes, coaches and others on lease from India for the purpose, another source said.
- The ministry of external affairs have had several inter-ministerial meetings with the railways, government of Nepal and other stakeholders on this.
- More meetings to finalise logistics are will have to take place.
- Nepal and India have plans for 4 cross-border railway links, including one to link Raxaul to Kathmandu.
- The Rs 5.5-billion (Nepalese Rs 8.8 billion) project is divided into 3 phases-
- The 1st includes construction of a 34 km segment between Jayanagar and Kurtha
- The 2nd comprises construction of an 18 km segment from Kurtha to Bhangaha in Mahottari district
- The 3rd comprises construction of a 17 km segment from Bhangaha to Bardibas
- Of the total length, only 3 km is in Indian territory.
- The source said that the sale of tickets, will be through an unreserved ticketing system and passenger reservation system in Nepal which will be facilitated by the railways.
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