Date of Post: 01 Sep, 2018
Kathmandu: India and Nepal on Friday exchanged an MoU to build a strategic railway line connecting Bihar’s Raxaul city to Kathmandu after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on all aspects of the bilateral ties with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli.
- “Our deliberations were wide-ranging, covering multiple aspects of India-Nepal relations,” Prime Minister Modi said after the meeting on the sidelines of the 4th BIMSTEC Summit here.
- He added,”We discussed ways to further deepen our economic, trade and cultural ties. Enhancing connectivity between our nations was discussed as well.”
- The two leaders held a detailed review on all aspects of the bilateral relationship, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
- Kumar tweeted,”Following the talks, PM @narendramodi and PM of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli witnessed the exchange of an MoU between the Government of India & the Government of Nepal regarding preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey of the broad gauge line between Raxaul (India) & Kathmandu (Nepal).”
- The MoU was signed by Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, Madhusudan Adhikari, from Nepali side and Manjiv Singh Puri from the Indian side.
- The strategic railway link between Raxaul and Kathmandu will facilitate people-to-people contact and bulk movement of goods.
- There are three other railway projects in the pipeline –
- New Jalpaiguri-Kakarbhitta
- Nepalgunj Road-Nepalgunj
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