Minister assures resumption of Janakpur-Jainagar railway within 3.5 months

Minister Raghubir Mahaseth (left) at a meeting of National Concern and Coordination Committee in Parliament, on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Kathmandu, December 6

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth says the much-awaited resumption of Nepal’s only passenger railway service is just three and half months away.

He says the Janakpur-Jainagar railway service will come into operation by mid-March next year.

Speaking at a meeting of National Concern and Coordination Committee of the Federal Parliament on Thursday afternoon, the Minister said preparations to resume the service had almost been over.

“We are working to make sure that the railway will come into operation as soon as possible.”

Earlier, the government had set the deadline of mid-December to resume the service. However, a dispute about whether to purchase or rent railway coaches had halted the preparations.

Minister Mahaseth told the meeting today that the government would purchase the coaches on its own for long term use. However, some coaches would be taken on rent from India for now, according to him.

Published on December 6th, Thursday, 2018 4:26 PM

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