Kerung-Kath­mandu rail­way pos­si­ble

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Kath­mandu, 26 Au­gust: Re­cently con­ducted fea­si­bil­ity study has con­firmed that the Ra­suwa­gari-Kath­mandu rail­way line is tech­ni­cally pos­si­ble. Ac­cord­ing to Mad­husu­dan-Ad­hikari, sec­re­tary at the Trans­porta­tion and Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture Min­istry, who has just re­turned after at­tend­ing the bi­lat­eral meet­ing held in China on con­struc­tion of the rail­way line, the Chi­nese side has in­formed that rail­way line con­struc­tion is tech­ni­cally pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal daily news­pa­pers. What will be the in­vest­ment modal­ity, it has not been de­cided. In Oc­to­ber, next bi­lat­eral meet­ing is go­ing to take place in Nepal. At that meet­ing, dis­cus­sion will be held on in­vest­ment modal­ity, said Ad­hikari. Ac­cord­ing to Naya-Pa­trika daily, it is as­sumed that China may not be ready to con­struct the rail­way line un­der to­tal grant. There­fore, the Nepali side should be ready to in­vest at least 20 per­cent of the con­struc­tion cost, ac­cord­ing to Prakashb­hakta-Upad­haya, se­nior en­gi­neer at the Rail­way De­part­ment. China has con­structed trans-bor­der rail­way line upto Laos giv­ing grant upto 70 per­cent. If Nepal will also be­come ready to in­vest 20 per­cent of the project cost, it will give a mes­sage that Nepal is also se­ri­ous on con­struc­tion of the project, Upad­haya said. Pri­mary es­ti­mated cost for the project is 257 bil­lion ru­pees and if Nepal will in­vest 20 per­cent of the amount, 51.4 bil­lion ru­pees that Nepal has to man­age. Whether the Chi­nese side will be­come ready on this pro­posal, it is not clear. Rail­way First Sur­vey and De­sign In­sti­tute, con­sul­tant com­pany of the China Na­tional Rail­way, has con­ducted the fea­si­bil­ity study. The In­sti­tute has pro­posed to de­velop de­tailed project re­port from Si­gat­she to Kath­mandu. In Ra­suwaguri-Kath­mandu por­tion of the rail­way line, seven tun­nels along with two 19 and 17 km long tun­nels have to be con­structed. In to­tal, 98 per­cent of the rail­way will have to pass through tun­nels and bridges. It will take two years to com­pleted the DPR.

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