KATHMANDU, April 1: All necessary preparations have been completed for the regular operation of the train service from Kurtha of Dhanusha to Jayanagar of India.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, are scheduled to inaugurate the operation of the railway service jointly from New Delhi, India. The prime ministers of the two close neighbors will ‘flag off’ and inaugurate the service operations amidst a special ceremony in the Indian capital.
It may be noted that Prime Minister Deuba has already left for New Delhi, India, for a three-day official visit beginning today.
The government on 18 September, 2020 procured two trains from India at a cost of Rs 846.5 million for the operation of the railway service. Though this is not the first railway service of Nepal, this is the first time that the service will be provided using modern railway technology.
According to Department of Railways Spokesperson Senior Divisional Engineer Aman Chitrakar, on Saturday representatives of both nations will take the inaugural train ride from Jayanagar to Kurtha.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Renu Kumari Yadav will join the team from Jayanagar up to Kurtha and will come back to Janakpur and from Janakpur, the train will leave for Jayanagar again.
The railway service will run regularly as per the schedule from Sunday following its inauguration on Saturday, said Niranjan Jha, the General Manager of the Railway Company.
According to him, the schedule has been determined so that the train will run two times a day. The train will leave Jayanagar for Kurtha at 8.30AM and 3PM and set off from Kurtha for Jayanagar at 10.30AM and 5.15PM.
"We have completed preparations for operating the railway service regularly from Sunday," he said.
The government had brought two sets of DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) engines from India for operating service on the railway constructed with the financial and technical assistance of the Government of India.
General Manager Jha said that 1,350 passengers can travel by a single train and they can carry handbags along with them. The trains coming into service are passenger trains.
The construction of the rail track from Kurtha to Jayanagar was completed two years ago. It is a 35 kilometers long journey. The construction of a railway track for an additional 17 kilometers from Kurtha to Bijulpura has reached the final stages. Train service would be operated on a total of 52 kilometers after the completion of this.
Department's Spokesperson Chitrakar said the construction of the railway track from Kurtha to Bijulpura is almost in completion stage and train service can be operated on this route within the next four months. There are eight stops on the 35-kilometer route.