Kathmandu, July 18: The 3rd meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) to discuss the Operational MoU on India-Nepal Cross Border Rail Links was held in Kathmandu on 10 July 2018. The 3rd meeting of the JWG was led by Manoj Kumar Srivastava, Executive Director (Traffic Transportation/ Freight), Ministry of Railways from the Indian side and by Keshab Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport from the Nepali side.
The 3rd JWG meeting appreciated progress made in the ongoing two rail link projects (a) Jayanagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas and (b) Jogbani-Biratnagar and held detailed discussion on requirements for operating train services on completion of the stretches from Jayanagar to Janakpur/ Kurtha and Jogbani to Nepal Custom Yard, which are targeted to be completed by October 2018. The JWG underscored need to work speedily towards identification of requirements for operation of rail services, modalities for operationalization and finalization of operational MoU for these rail links. Prior to this JWG meeting, the first face-to-face meeting of the Joint Committee for operationalization of India-Nepal Cross border Rail Links was also held in Kathmandu from 19 to 20 June 2018.
According to the Press release of Indian Embassy The Government of Nepal and the Government of India are committed for developing connectivity infrastructure along the Indo-Nepal border including railway infrastructure to facilitate smooth movement of goods and traffic, increased people to people linkages and strengthen trade, commerce and economic cooperation between the two countries. The start of operation of train services from Jayanagar to Janakpur/ Kurtha and Jogbani to Nepal Custom Yard would bring India-Nepal relations to a new height with enhanced people-to-people linkages and better trade and economic activities between the two countries.