Kathmandu-Birgunj Railway Line

Railway department extends deadline of global tender

Published On: January 3, 2017 09:29 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: The Department of Railways (DoR) has extended the deadline of the global tender to study feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Birgunj Railway Line by a week.

“We have extended the deadline till January 8,” said Prakash Upadhyaya, a senior divisional engineer with the DoR.

The department had earlier invited global tender for the feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Birgunj Railway Line on November 29, giving a 31-day deadline.

The consultant will get six months to conduct feasibility study, prepare preliminary cost estimate, and recommend the best technical, financial and economical routes from the six months of the selection. It will also have to propose three routes for the railway line and recommend the best one.

According to the department, it started the process to conduct feasibility study of Kathmandu-Birgunj railway line as the service will be cheaper, environment-friendly and consumes less time. Birgunj is a major trading point for Nepal as over 70 percent of its international trade is done through this border point.

Upadhyay also said that the railway line would be important to connect Birgunj and Rasuwagadhi with the rail networks. “The department is taking forward the construction of north-south rail networks as the work for preparing a Detailed Project Report  for Mechi-Mahakali Railway has already begun,” he added.

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