Feasibility study for Raxaul-Kathmandu railway starts

Kathmandu, 10 June :  The preliminary feasibility study for the proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu railway has begun. Nepal's Department of Railways says a team comprising technicians from India and Nepal are carrying out the study.

In the first phase of the study, they will observe a place in Chobhar of Kathmandu where a railway station is proposed, according to the Department’s senior engineer Prakash Bhakta Upadhyaya.

Meanwhile, the Nepal government has put on hold the process it had begun to recruit a company for the project after Indian government told Kathmandu that it would cover all the costs.

The railway will be 113 kilometre long. Around 20 per cent of it will be tunnels and bridges.

The report of preliminary study is expected within next three months. After that, the detailed project report will be prepared. It will take take 15 months.

Even if everything goes well, the actual construction will begin after around two years only.

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