Kathmandu, August 28
The Indian government has shown interest to undertake a study for the proposed Kathmandu-Raxaul railway.
According to Nepal’s Railway Department, though the Indian team was eager to come to Nepal to further the study, the government is yet to grant permission for its arrival considering the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Department, however, has asked the Home Ministry to allow the team for the study purpose.
As there is a heightened risk of coronavirus transmission across the country, it may take a couple of months for the team to arrive. “Once the Covid-19 effects lower, the study process would gain momentum,” a department official says.
The agreement for the construction of the railway was signed on the sidelines of the fourth BIMSTEC Summit held in Nepal two years back. It was agreed that the Indian government would undertake the study on its investment and technology.