The proposal seeking consideration on the Railway Bill, 2022, was unanimously passed in today's meeting of the House of Representatives.

Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Mohammad Ishtiyaq Rai presented the proposal for the same here today. The Bill originated in the National Assembly and was endorsed on July 1.

Earlier, Minister Rai responded to queries raised by various parliamentarians on the Bill and clarified that the government did not intend to allow foreigners to operate railways services, but it could consider taking support from the private sector of foreign companies on the basis of prevailing laws. Rai further asserted that his ministry was vigilant about delivering in a manner that would not mar sovereignty of the country and would comply with the existing laws.

He pointed out the need for Railway related Act at a time when the Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service was already operational.

The newly appointed minister said, "Failure to bring the related Act on time could lead to shutdown of the railway services." Parliamentarians taking part in today's deliberation were Divya Maniraj Bhandari, Bhim Bahadur Rawal and Prem Suwal.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 7, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.