Nepal | July 02, 2020

DoR starts construction of 10 railway tracks

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Chitwan, June 10

Department of Railways has started the process of constructing 10 railway tracks that will run from east to west and north to south in the country.

Talking to mediapersons in Bharatpur, Senior divisional engineer Prakash Upadhaya at Department of Railways said so. According to Upadhaya, construction of a few tracks is under way while preparation for feasibility study and detailed project report of a few others has begun.

He said work on East-West, Kerung-Kathmandu, Birgunj-Kathmandu, Kathmandu-Pokhara-Bhairahawa, Gaindakot-Aabukhaireni, among other rail lines, had started. Work on the 70-kilometre Jalpaiguri-Kakadbhitta, 18-kilometre Jogbani-Biratnagar, 70-kilometre Jayanagar-Bardibas, 17-kilometre Nautunawa-Bhairahawa, 12-kilometre Rupadiya-Nepalagunj tracks under the cross border connectivity project had started after an agreement was inked with India. Upadhyay added 80 per cent work on Jogbani-Biratnagar track had been completed.

Work on Jayanagar-Bardibas track was under way in three sections. Upadhayay said work on the 35-kilometre railway track from Jayanagar to Kurta via Janakpur would be over by October this year. Feasibility survey of Nautunawa-Bhairahawa and Rupadiya-Nepalgunj route is under way. Work on Mechi-Mahakali Electric Highway has been expedited, said the engineer, adding, that work of making the design, DPR and construction have picked up pace. Likewise, the construction of Mechi-Mahakali railway is also under way. The length of the Mechi-Mahakali railway is 945 kilometres and eight tunnels need to be constructed in the Chure hill. Upadhyay said work on Kerung-Kathmandu track, too, has started. A Chinese team has carried out field study and its report will soon be made public.

The process of constructing the Birgunj-Kathmandu railway track has started. According to Upadhyay, an 800-metre railway route was built from India to Birgunj’s dry port. An Indian team of technicians said DPR and design of the route will be completed within a year. Also, feasibility study on Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumbini railway route has finished.

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A version of this article appears in print on June 11, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.


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