The first passenger train to run on broad gauge
between India and Nepal is scheduled to start the service in a few days
according to Nepal media reports. The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to
Kurtha in Dhanusa district in Janakpur Zone of South-Eastern Nepal, a distance
of 34 km.
An immigration check-post is likely to be
established at Jayanagar station manned by either the Bureau of Immigration or
the state government. No visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese
nationals crossing the border through this stretch, according to reports.
The Nepalese authorities have informed the
railways that the section will be opened with four trips and will run in eight
to 16 hour shifts. The Nepalese authorities have informed the railways that the
section will be opened with four trips and will run in eight to 16 hour shifts.
While the first train is to be a passenger train,
the Nepalese have stated that they want to run both passenger and freight
trains on this section. Nepal will take rolling stock — rakes, coaches and
others — on lease from India for the purpose.
The ministry of Indian External affairs have had
several inter-ministerial meetings with the railways, government of Nepal and
other stakeholders on this. More meetings to finalize logistics are likely to
The move is being seen as part of efforts to
counter China's plans to forge rail links with Nepal from Tibet. After Beijing
decided to extend its railway network up to Kathmandu, New Delhi proposed the
construction of new railway links during Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's recent
visit to India.
and India have plans for four cross-border railway links, including one to link
Raxaul to Kathmandu. The Rs 5.5-billion (Nepalese Rs 8.8 billion) project is
divided into three phases. The first includes construction of a 34-km segment
between Jayanagar and Kurtha, the second comprises construction of an 18-km
segment from Kurtha to Bhangaha in Mahottari district, and the third comprises
construction of a 17-km segment from Bhangaha to Bardibas. Of the total length,
only three kilometers is in Indian territory.