India, Nepal hold joint working group meeting on cross-border railway links


New Delhi: India and Nepal held the 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) and 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings from 6-7 October 2021 in New Delhi to discuss the implementation of cross-border railway links and overall bilateral cooperation. can be reviewed. in the railway sector.

A release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Final Location Survey (FLS) for commencement of passenger train services on Jayanagar-Kurtha section. Did it Proposed broad gauge railway line between Raxaul and Kathmandu.

The SOPs provide the technical aspects of running passenger trains on the new section and will serve as a guiding document for early commencement of rail services in the upcoming cross-border railway link with Nepal. The proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu broad gauge railway line will further boost connectivity between India and Nepal, the release said.

The two sides discussed the ongoing works on the Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and Jogbani-Biratnagar broad gauge railway lines between India and Nepal being developed with grant-in-aid from the Government of India. Technical preparedness of 34 km long section of railway line from Jayanagar (India) to Kurtha (Nepal) for operation of passenger train services was also reviewed.

The Nepalese side also conveyed that a necessary regulatory framework would be put in place to facilitate expeditious operations. For the Kurtha to Bilajpura (17.25 km) section of the railway line, the Nepal side assured to provide necessary facilities to complete the work at the earliest. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the two sides also agreed to expedite the completion and early operationalization of the 18.6-km Jogbani-Biratnagar rail link.

The progress of Raxaul-Kathmandu Broad Gauge Railway Link and Phase-II Railway Link projects were also discussed. Both sides agreed to enhance technical cooperation in the railway sector, including in the areas of capacity building, logistics support and training of Nepalese railway personnel.

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