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INDIA AND NEPAL REVIEWED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONGOING CROSS-BORDER RAILWAY LINKS AND BILATERAL COOPERATION

INDIA AND NEPAL REVIEWED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ONGOING CROSS-BORDER RAILWAY LINKS AND BILATERAL COOPERATION

Context:

Recently, India and Nepal reviewed the implementation of cross-border railway linkages and cooperation between the two countries in the railway sector in the 5th Joint Working Group and the 7 Project Steering Committee meetings in New Delhi.

Key Highlights:

  • Both countries have signed the Standard Operating Procedures for the implementation of passenger train services in the Jaynagar-Kurtha section and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Final Survey of the proposed Railway line between Raxaul and Kathmandu.
  • The proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu railway line will improve communication between India and Nepal.
  • Both sides discussed the ongoing activities of Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and the Jogbani-Biratnagar railway line between India and Nepal, which is being developed with the help of the Government of India.
  • The technical upgrade of the 34-kilometer completed railway line, from Jaynagar in India to Kurtha in Nepal for the use of passenger train services has also been reviewed.
  • Both sides also agreed to speed up work on the completion of the Jogbani-Biratnagar railway line length and start operations.
  • Steps were also discussed regarding the Raxaul-Kathmandu Broad Gauge Railway Link and Phase II railway campaign.

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