Kathmandu, February 13
The final location survey of the proposed Kathmandu-Raxaul railway has started from Sunday.
The Indian government has sent a team of trained professionals for the same after a request from the Nepali government.
The two governments had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the survey on October 8, 2021, when it was agreed that the detailed project report (DPR) would be paid by the Indian government.
According to the spokesperson of the Department of Railways, Aman Chitrakar, the Indian team has already started its work. The equipment that the team will be needed has also arrived, informed Chitrakar.
“India, as per the agreement, has sent its personnel to work on the project which should be complete within 18 months,” says Chitrakar.
A good three years have passed since the preliminary study of the Kathmandu-Raxaul railway construction project was carried out.
The proposed length of the railway is 136 kilometres and will reach Raxaul passing through Khokona and Nijgadh.
The railway, according to the preliminary study, will be built in broad-gauge style and will include a 40-km tunnel and 35 bridges.