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India, Nepal review progress in two cross-border rail link projects

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Officials from and have reviewed the progress made in the two ongoing cross-border rail link projects at the third meeting of the (JWG) which concluded here today.

The meeting appreciated the progress made in the Jayanagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and Jogbani-Biratnagar rail link projects, said a statement issued by the here.

The two sides held detailed discussion on requirements for operating on completion of the stretches from Jayanagar to Janakpur/Kurtha and Jogbani to Custom Yard, which are targeted to be completed by October, the statement added.

Manoj Kumar Srivastava, Executive Director, led the Indian delegation while the Nepalese side was led by Keshab Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary,

"The JWG underscored need to work speedily towards identification of requirements for operation of rail services, modalities for operationalisation and finalisation of operational MoU for these rail links," the statement said.

Prior to this JWG meeting, the first face-to-face meeting of the for operationalisation of India-cross border rail links was held in from June 19 to 20.

"The and the are committed for developing along the Indo-Nepal border including to facilitate smooth movement of goods and traffic, increased people-to-people linkages and strengthen trade, commerce and economic cooperation between the two countries," the statement said.

The operationalisation of from Jayanagar to Janakpur/Kurtha and Jogbani to Nepal Custom Yard would bring India-Nepal relations to a new height with enhanced people-to-people linkages and better trade relations between the two countries, it added.

During the visit of to Nepal in May, his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli had said the two countries have agreed to expedite implementation of all pending projects of bilateral cooperation by in September.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:10 IST