Broad Gauge train between India and NepalDate: 12 April 2022 Tags: Infrastructure
A cross-border passenger train between Jaynagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal was flagged off by Indian and Nepali PM.
This is the first cross-border broad gauge train service between both the countries and is 35 km long.
The railway project will pass through the Madhubani district of Bihar and the districts of Dhanusa, Mahottari, and Siraha in Nepal.
The cost of constructing the railway line between Jaynagar and Kurtha was about Rs 383 crore.
The railway line will be extended further to Bardibas in Nepal through an Indian grant of 548 crore. It will be operated by Nepal Railway Company (NRC).
The Jaynagar-Kurtha of railway section is part of the 68.7 km Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardidas rail link. The services were stopped after devastating floods in Nepal in 2002.
Broad gauge railway
A railway line is said to be broad gauge if the distance between two railway sleepers is 5 ft 6 in (1676 mm) or any gauge wider than 1,435 mm.
The project will enable great contribution to the smooth, hassle-free exchange of people between the two countries.
India’s relations with Nepal are undergoing tricky phase after the Kalapani dispute, in which Nepal showed the region as part of its territory.
However, the two countries have continued their engagement through trade, economic and infrastructure collaboration.