JANAKPUR: More than 14 years has passed since people of western Mahottari were deprived of the railway service, but yet no sight of it resuming any time soon.
Railway service from Janakpur to Bijalpura of Mahottari stopped since heavy floods swept away the bridge over the Bighi River on July 19, 2001.
As a result of the closure of the 22 kilometer railway service from Janakpur to Bijapura, thousands of people living in Khuttapiparari, Leuri, Dodhar, Loharpatti, Kabilasa, Singayani, Bhangaha and Sitapur VDCs of Mahottari have been affected.
Meanwhile, a 67-kilometer broad gauge construction and expansion work from Janakpur to Bardibas via Jayanagar and Bijalpura is reportedly taking place with the cooperation of the Government of India.
Initial work of filling up mud before laying down the tracks has begun from the Nepal-India border to Jayanagar, acting Administrative Officer of Janakpur Railways, Tula Bahadur Dangi said.
The broad gauge construction work is expected to be completed within the next two years.
Janakpur Railways current provides it service from Janakpur to Jayanagar and back once a day.