The new railway route between India and Nepal will start functioning as early as December. By Nitya Malik
As stated by the railway officials the first train to carry commuters between India and Nepal, will commence in December this year. Indian and Nepalese citizens adopting this route won’t require any visa or permit.
This entire journey will be of 34 km, starting from Jayanagar station in Bihar to Janakpur Zone of south eastern Nepal, that is, Kurtha in the Dhanusa district. Both the station posts will be overseen by the state government or the Bureau of Immigration.
Having four shifts, the train will operate in 8- to 16-hour shifts. Not only passenger train, but the Nepal government has also shown interest in the commencement of freight trains too.
This entire railway project cost Rs. 5.5 billion. During the British rule, this line was initially built to carry forest logs and was 52 km long but got damaged by floods 15 years ago. This new railway project between India and Nepal is assumed as an attempt to obstruct efforts of the Chinese government to initiate railway links with Nepal.