Nepal-In­dia ink rail­way fea­si­bil­ity study agree­ment

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As ex­pected ear­lier, Nepal and In­dia signed a bi­lat­eral agree­ment on the fea­si­bil­ity study of Kath­mandu-Rax­aul rail­way dur­ing In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s re­cent Nepal visit to at­tend the 4th BIM­STEC Sum­mit. The agree­ment was signed in the pres­ence of the Prime Min­is­ter KP Sharma Oli and In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Modi on Au­gust 31. Sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Phys­i­cal In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port, Madhu Su­dan Ad­hikari, and In­dian Am­bas­sador to Nepal Man­jeev Singh Puri, signed the agree­ment. As per the agree­ment, the tech­ni­cal re­sources would be pro­vided by In­dia to con­duct the fea­si­bil­ity study. It is to be com­pleted in a year. Dur­ing PM Oli’s state visit to In­dia in April this year, PM Oli and his In­dian coun­ter­part had dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of the con­struc­tion of the rail­way link­ing Nepal and In­dia. As the two lead­ers have showed com­mit­ment in prin­ci­ple on the con­struc­tion of rail­way, the agree­ment on fea­si­bil­ity study has paved way for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. It was stated that af­ter the fea­si­bil­ity study, the process of DPR would ini­ti­ate. The fea­si­bil­ity study would make clear the model to be adopted for the con­struc­tion of the rail­way, he added. As per the gen­eral es­ti­mate of the De­part­ment of Rail­way, the rail­way would be of some 120 to 130 km length and nearly 20 per­cent of it will be tun­nel and bridges.

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