Patna: Nepal planned to operate its first ever broad-gauge passenger railway service from Janakpur town to Indian border town Jayanagar in Bihar starting December, a senior rail official of Nepal said. This is a section of 69 km long Nepal-India cross border rail line from Jayanagar in Bihar to Nepal’s southeastern region.
The other 5 cross-border railway lines between the two Countries are either being constructed or are on the drawing board.
There was earlier a narrow gauge Janakpur-Jaynagar line in the past but that service came to a halt around 5 years ago after renovation and upgrading works began.
Prakash Bhakta Upadhyay, senior divisional engineer at Nepal’s Department of Railway (DoR) said, they planned to take rail carriages on a lease from India shortly to start the operations.
According to DoR, under the wet lease, Nepal will hire crew members from India to operate the service as the Himalayan country does not have necessary human resources to operate the broad gauge railway service.