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  • Nepal govt says it will launch railway service along two Terai routes by January


    Kathmandu, June 21 : The government has made preparation to bring Jayanagar-Janakpur-Kurtha and Bathnaha-Biratnagar railways into operation by January next year.

    According to the Department of Railways, officials of Nepal and India held a discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday for technical preparations for the operation of railways.

    Spokesperson at the Department, Prakash Bhakta Upadhyay, said that Secretaries at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport—Keshav Kumar Sharma and Rajendra Raj Sharma, Director General of the Department, Ananta Acharya, Senior Divisional Engineer Aman Chitrakar, among others were present on the occasion.

    But, the government has not yet prepared the Railways Act.

    The government has to table the Railways Bill in the Federal Parliament after preparing it. Officials say preparations are underway to draft the Bill.

    Similarly, the bodies concerned have to pay attention regarding availability and management of technical human resources.

    As per an agreement between the two countries, an understanding would be reached over technical and other administrative issues in the joint meeting of both countries scheduled from July 9-19.

    Spokesperson Upadhyay said the 35 kilometers Janakpur-Jayanagar railway would be complete by 2018 end.

    Officials of the Indian Railway Department were here in Nepal to discuss modality of the project. The Indian Railway Department has agreed to  provide compartment coaches and technical personnel.

    The Department is also preparing to sign an agreement with Nepal to start the 18-kilometre Biratnagar-Bathanaha railway.RSS

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