India hands over two modern train to Nepal. India has handed over two modern trains to Nepal, which will run between Jaynagar in Bihar and Kurtha in Dhanusha district from mid-December. This will be the first major line (broad gauge) rail service in this Himalayan nation. Officials gave this information on Saturday. The Konkan Railway on Friday handed over two modern Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit (DMUC) trains to the Nepal Railway for the Jaynagar-Kurtha major line.
These trains have been constructed by the Integrated Rail Cart Factory, Chennai with modern facilities and latest AC-AC propulsion technology. Indian technicians and Nepal railway employees were welcomed at various places when trains arrived in Nepal from India on Friday. Thousands of people gathered to see the new trains despite the Corona virus epidemic.
According to Indian Embassy sources, train operations from Kurtha to Jayanagar will benefit citizens of both countries, covering a distance of 35 km. According to the Director General of Nepal Railway Company, Guru Bhattarai, trial operations of the new trains on the tracks of the big line started from Friday, which was completed last year.
However, according to senior divisional engineer Devendra Shah, the border is unlikely to open soon due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, so train services will not start immediately and trains will be parked at Nepal railway station in Jayanagar for maintenance and safety. . Engineer Binod Ojha of Nepal Railway Company said, “The trains are expected to start regular operations around the Ram-Janaki wedding festival in mid-December.”
The Jayanagar-Kurtha rail line was originally built during the British Raj to transport forests from Mahotari, Nepal to India. At that time, the line from Jayanagar in Bihar to Bijulpura in Mahtari was 52 kilometers long. The 69-km Jayanagar-Janakpur-Bardibas railway is being built with the support of the Government of India at a cost of crores of rupees.