India-Nepal train service: The first passenger train between India and Nepal is likely to run on broad gauge from December this year. The passenger train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district, which falls in Janakpur zone of south-eastern Nepal, covering a 34 km long corridor stretch. A source was recently quoted in a PTI report saying that an immigration check-post is likely to be set up at Jayanagar railway station, manned by either the Bureau of Immigration or by the state government. Moreover, for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch, visa will not be required.
The authorities from Nepal have informed Indian Railways that the section will be opened with four trips and will ply in 8 to 16 hour shifts. While the first train is going to be a passenger train service, the Nepalese have stated that they want to run both passenger trains as well as freight trains on this section. Another source was quoted in the report saying that for the purpose, Nepal will take rolling stock including rakes, coaches and others on lease from India. Several inter-ministerial meetings on this were held by the ministry of external affairs, Nepal government, the railways and other stakeholders. Additionally, more meetings are likely to take place to finalise the logistics. Read more
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