India hands over Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail section India on Friday handed over the Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail link, built with government of India assistance, to the government of Nepal.
India hands over Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail section
Published On : 22 October, 2021 10:44 pm
India on Friday handed over the Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail link, built with government of India assistance, to the government of Nepal.
Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Renu Kumari Yadav witnessed the occasion, according to a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
The executing agency for the project, IRCON International Ltd (on behalf of Government of India) handed over the assets of the section to Nepal Railway Company Limited (on behalf of Government of Nepal) during the event.
Under the grant assistance of Government of India, the gauge conversion of 34.9-km narrow gauge section into broad gauge, from Jaynagar in India to Kurtha in Nepal, has now been completed, the press release stated, adding that the 34.9-km Jaynagar-Kurtha section is part of 68.72-km Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas rail link being built under Government of India grant assistance of Rs 8.77 billion. “This section was earlier a narrow gauge rail link between Jayanagar and Bijalpura.”
There are total 8 stations and halts on the Jaynagar-Kurtha section, which include the historically important city of Janakpur.
Once operationalised, it would be the first broad gauge cross-border rail link between India and Nepal, and would further boost trade and commerce activities as well as people to people linkages between the two countries, added the press release.
Cross-border rail linkages are an important facet of India-Nepal Development cooperation, which include Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas rail link and Jogbani-Biratnagar (18.6-km) rail link, both being constructed under Government of India grant assistance.