KATHMANDU, Nov 4: Like in the previous elections, the major political parties have shown an ambitious railway dream to the people in the upcoming House of Representative and provincial assembly elections. It seems that the infrastructure plan including railways mentioned by the parties in their manifestos cannot be sustained by the current size of Nepal's economy.

BIRATNAGAR, July 13: Preparations are underway to operate trains on the railway track from Bathnaha in India to Buddhanagar in Biratnagar.

KATHMANDU, June 7: The construction of the East-West Railway — a National Pride Project — started a decade ago. However, the project has not been able to gather speed as the compensation issue for the land acquired for the project’s construction has still not been resolved.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The Rail Service owned by Nepal Railway Company will now have access to Kolkata and Haldia ports of India and use Indian Rail Services to trade with third countries.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: Russia has shown its interest in expansion of the rail services in Nepal. Russian Ambassador to Nepal Aleksei Novikov while paying a courtesy call on Minister for Physical Infrastructures and Transport Basant Kumar Nembang  at the latter's office in Singh Durbar on Monday, shared interest in investing in the expansion of the rail service in the country.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The fourth Nepal-India Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on Railway Cooperation was held on Friday via video-conferencing.

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: India has given a positive response to Nepal’s proposal for allowing inland waterways in three routes and movement of bulk cargos via railway from Indian seaports to major Nepal-India border points.

History in Nepal-China ties

October 23, 2019 01:30 am

Chinese President Xi Jinping returned home on October 13 wrapping up his two-day state visit to Nepal. The visit is now being reviewed and evaluated from different angles by the experts in terms of its impacts on reshaping bilateral relations in tune with the emerging needs. Undoubtedly, the visit of the head of state from as close and powerful a neighbor as China after a hiatus of 23 years was of great historic value. Quite naturally, it evoked great expectations and enthusiasm in Nepal.

BARDIBAS, July 2: Implementation of the Bardibas-Janakpur-Jayanagar railway expansion project is being pushed towards uncertainty as the land-related compensation issues remain unsolved.

BEIJING, June 21: The fourth Nepal-China bilateral meeting on preparing a Detail Project Report (DPR) for the Kerung-Kathmandu railway concluded on Thursday without entering the agenda of the DPR, as the Chinese side sought clarity on five basic issues first.

KATHMANDU, May 24: While stating that construction of the trans-border railway between Nepal and China through high-altitude mountain terrain is not an ‘easy job’, Chinese ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has said that they have the determination to implement the project even as it requires further ‘scientific studies’.

KATHMANDU, April 26: President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday said that the development of ‘Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network’ including Nepal-China Cross-Border Railway will boost connectivity not only between Nepal and China but other countries in the region.

KATHMANDU, March 4: Nepal government is all set to bring Jayanagar to Kartha railway service from Baisakh, the first month the Nepali New Year 2076.

How much does a train cost?

February 6, 2019 10:54 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: How much does a train set for the Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway cost? The answer is tricky as the unit cost stated by officials of the Government of Nepal and the unit cost figure forwarded by the Government of India differ hugely.

Nepal gets first modern train tracks

December 15, 2018 09:00 am

JANAKPUR, Dec 15: The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: The National Railway Authority of China has submitted its preliminary study report of the Kerung-Kathmandu Railway to the government of Nepal on Monday, paving the way to furthering construction process of the Railway expected to increase connectivity and accessibility between Nepal and China.

KATHMANDU, Aug 321: Nepal and India  have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Preliminary Engineering-cum-Traffic Survey on Broad Gauge Line between Raxaul and Kathmandu on Friday.

Bumbling on railway

July 10, 2018 01:00 am

The five-year period that has been allocated in the proposed railway construction from Tibet to Kathmandu sounds like a misnomer

KATHMANDU, June 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that it would take time for the much hyped railway to come to Nepal, despite claiming that a monorail would ply in Kathmandu’s roads within five years.

KATHMANDU, June 24: Former foreign minister Prakash Saran Mahat has said that Nepal should ask both India and China to build railway links to the country on grants instead of investing national budget in such projects.

KATHMANDU, June 22: Nepal and China have reached various 14 key deals including a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to extend Chinese electric cargo railway network to Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, June 21: The government has made preparation to bring Jayanagar-Janakpur-Kurtha and Bathnaha-Biratnagar railways into operation by January next year.

KATHMANDU, June 20: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Tuesday reached Beijing on a six-day official visit to China, leading a 119-member Nepali delegation.

KATHMANDU, Jun 3: Nepali Congress lawmaker Pradip Giri has made a mockery of the Prime Minister’s high-sounding yet fanciful rhetoric that involves building waterways and railways in the country.

NUWAKOT, May 28: A team of Chinese technicians has completed pre feasibility study of the Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu railway.

KATHMANDU, April 22: Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who returned home on Saturday wrapping up his five-day official visit to China, said that he has requested the Chinese side to construct the much-talked-about cross-border railway between the two neighbors under a grant.

KATHMANDU, April 17: Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali has said that infrastructure development, road, railway link and transmission line will top the agenda during his visit to China.

BIRATNAGAR, April 8: The construction of Barathwa-Biratnagar section of the cross-border railway between Nepal and India has hit a snag following dispute over land acquisition compensation package.

Nepal’s railway dream

March 31, 2018 01:01 am

Having rails is what we will have to strive for ultimately but at the moment it is important to make provisions to address the urgent needs of people

BANKE, March 15: Survey for a railway connect that connects Indian town of Rupaidiya with Kohalpur of Banke has begun.

BANKE, Mar 15: Survey for a railway connect that connects Indian town of Rupaidiya with Kohalpur of Banke has begun.

BHAIRAHAWA, Feb 20: Locals of Tilottama Municipality have launched a protest against the Department of Railways (DoR) after the latter sent its staffers to different parts of the municipality survey the area for laying down tracks of East-West Railway line.

Oli reiterates railway promise

December 20, 2017 05:15 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli on Thursday said that the left government would initiate the process to build cross-country railway links connecting Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbuni with Kerung of Tibet, China.

RASUWA, Dec 19: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that the construction work on the much-talked railway line connecting Nepal and China will be expedited very soon.

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: A preliminary list of road, railway, transmission line, and drinking water projects has been proposed for the projects under Belt and Road Initiatives. The Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT) has identified six north-south road projects connecting both India and China, besides Kathmandu-Kerung railway project.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: A high-level Chinese delegation is arriving in Kathmandu on Monday to conduct preliminary study for the development of railway network in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The construction of 35 kilometers of railway track from Jayanagar of India to Kurtha of Dhanusha in Nepal is about to be completed. However, the track is likely to remain useless if quick decisions are not taken to import railway engines and carriages.

BEIJING, Sept 8: China has expressed readiness to conduct a detailed project survey, design and feasibility study to construct the much-talked-about cross-border railway between the two neighbors at the earliest in a bid to create conditions for a possible China-Nepal-India economic corridor.

MAHOTTARI, August 5: The Indian government has started paperwork for laying down railway track between Sitamarhi district of Bihar and Janakpurdham of Nepal.

BEIJING, July 5: Work is underway on China's second railway line to Tibet that will wind through some of the world's most mountainous and inhospitable territory and likely take the better part of a decade to complete, state media said Wednesday.

BEIJING, May 16: A day after China agreed in principle to provide financial support to Nepal for construction of a cross-border railway link that would connect Kerung with Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini, the government of both the countries on Monday designated focal persons for expediting the process to kick-start the project.

BEIJING, May 15: China has agreed in principle to provide financial support to Nepal for the construction of a cross-border railway link that would link Kerung with Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini, according to Minister for Information, Surendra Kumar Karki.

NEPALGUNJ, March 1: Defending champion Railway Team, India, on Wednesday retained the title of the Prime Minister Cup Fourth Women's Volleyball Tournament held in Nepalgunj. The visiting team overcame departmental giant Armed Police Force (APF) in the final of the tournament for the second time in a row.

APF, Railway India to vie for title

February 28, 2017 21:55 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: Defending champion Railway Team India and runner-up Armed Police Force (APF) will renew their rivalry in the final of the Fourth Prime Minister Cup Women's Volleyball Tournament.

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.

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: The Department of Railways (DoR) has forwarded the process for the feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Birgunj Electric Railway Line.

JANAKPUR, Dec 8: The government's target of resuming the seven-decade-old Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway Service by upgrading the track into a broad-gauge line by June, 2017, is unlikely to be met.

Indian rescue workers picked their way through the last of the mangled carriages of a derailed train on Monday to pull out more bodies from a disaster that killed at least 133 people and injured more than 200.

Railway engines gradually rusting

November 19, 2016 14:25 pm

DHANUSHA, Nov 19: The railway equipments and accessories are gradually gathering dust and rusting as the railway was called closure for three years in course of the construction of the Janakpur-Jayanagar broad-gauge railway.

BIRGUNJ, NOV 5: Most of the industrialists in Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor have been forced to pay millions of rupees as rent and fine to Indian Railway because of the inability to use land owned by Nepal Railway in Raxaul, India.