New Delhi: India and Nepal signed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the start of passenger train services on the Jaynagar-Kurtha section. Both the sides also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Final Location Survey (FLS) of the proposed broad gauge railway line between Raxaul and Kathmandu.
India and Nepal held the 5th Joint Working Group (JWG) and the 7th Project Steering Committee (PSC) meetings from October 6-7, 2021 in New Delhi, to review the implementation of ongoing cross-border railway links and overall bilateral cooperation in the railway sector.
As per the statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), SOPs provide the technical aspects of running passenger trains on the new section and will serve as a guiding document for the early start of rail services in the upcoming cross-border railway links with Nepal.
In another proposal, Raxaul-Kathmandu broad gauge railway line will further boost connectivity between India and Nepal. Both sides agreed to enhance technical cooperation in the railway sector, including in the areas of capacity building, logistic support and training of Nepal railway personnel.
In the meeting, India and Nepal also discussed the ongoing works of Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and Jogbani-Biratnagar broad gauge railway lines between India and Nepal, being developed with grant assistance from the Government of India.
The technical preparedness of the completed 34 km-long section of the railway line, from Jaynagar (India) to Kurtha (Nepal) for the operationalisation of passenger train services was also reviewed.
The Nepal side also informed that a necessary regulatory framework will be put in place to facilitate early operationalization. For Kurtha to Bilajpura (17.25 km) section of the railway line, the Nepal side assured to provide necessary facilitation for completion of the work at the earliest, MEA said.
Both sides also agreed to expedite the work on completion of the 18.6 km long Jogbani-Biratnagar rail link, and its early operationalization, the release informed.
(With Inputs from ANI)