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First India-Nepal train likely to start in December from Bihar's Jayanagar

The move is being seen as part of efforts to counter China's plans to forge rail links with Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepalese counterpart Khadga Prasad Oli, during his visit to Janaki temple in Janakpur | File Photo: PTI

The first passenger train to run on broad gauge between and is likely to run from December this year, sources in the railways have told PTI.

The train will run from Jayanagar in to Kurtha in district in Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal, which is a 34 km stretch.

An immigration check-post is likely to be established at manned by either the or the No visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch, a source said.

The Nepalese authorities have informed the railways that the section will be opened with four trips and will ply in eight to 16 hour shifts.

While the first train is to be a passenger train, the Nepalese have stated that they want to run both passenger and freight trains on this section.

will take rolling stock rakes, coaches and others on lease from for the purpose, another source said.

The ministry of external affairs have had several inter-ministerial meetings with the railways, government of and other stakeholders on this. More meetings to finalise logistics are likely to take place.

The move is being seen as part of efforts to counter China's plans to forge rail links with Nepal. After decided to extend its up to Kathmandu, proposed the construction of new railway links during K P Sharma Oli's recent visit to

Nepal and India have plans for four cross-border railway links, including one to link to

The Jayanagar-Kurtha rail line was originally built during the British Raj to logs from forests at to India.

At that time, the line from Jayanagar in to Bijulpura in was 52 km long. More than 15 years ago, floods swept away the Bighi bridge, disrupting on the 29-km stretch from Janakpur to Jayanagar.

The Rs 5.5-billion (Nepalese Rs 8.8 billion) project is divided into three phases. The first includes construction of a 34-km segment between Jayanagar and Kurtha, the second comprises construction of an 18-km segment from Kurtha to Bhangaha in district, and the third comprises construction of a 17-km segment from Bhangaha to Bardibas. Of the total length, only three kilometres is in Indian territory.

The sale of tickets, the source said, will be through an unreserved ticketing system and passenger reservation system in Nepal which will be facilitated by the railways.

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 14:15 IST