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INDIA HANDED OVER JAYNAGAR-KURTHA RAIL LINK TO NEPAL

INDIA HANDED OVER JAYNAGAR-KURTHA RAIL LINK TO NEPAL

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On October 22, 2021, India has handed over the Jaynagar-Kurtha, a 34.9 km long cross-border rail link to the Nepal government, which connects Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Nepal.

Significance of the Jaynagar-Kurtha Rail Link:

  • It is an operationalised cross-border rail link.
  • It is likely to enhance trade and commerce activities.
  • It will also enhance people to people linkage between India and Nepal.

About Jaynagar-Kurtha Rail Link:

  • The Jaynagar-Kurtha section of the rail link is part of the 68.7 km Jaynagar – Bijalpura- Bardidas rail link.
  • It has been completed at a cost of Rs 619 crore. 
  • It was built under the grant assistance programme of the Indian government.
  • It has 5 stations in the section, namely, Jayanagar, Inarwa, Baidehi, Khajuri, and Kurtha near Janakpur in Nepal.
  • The highest fare will be around Rs 70 for the general class and Rs 300 for AC for the entire journey.
  • The train will run at 115 km per hour and the distance will be covered in 23 minutes.

Jaynagar or Jainagar:

  • It is a town in the Madhubani district of Bihar.

Kurtha:

  • It is a part of Janakpur sub-metropolitan city in Dhanusa District in the Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal.

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