Kathmandu: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly flagged off Kurtha-Jayanagar railway service on Saturday afternoon.
The two Prime ministers inaugurated the service amidst a special ceremony in the Indian capital city following delegation-level talks at Hyderabad House.
The government on September 18, 2020 had procured two trains from India at a cost of Rs 846.5 million for the operation of railway service. Though this is not the first railway service of Nepal, this is the ever first kind of service of modern railway technology for the country.
According to Department of Railways Spokesperson senior divisional engineer Aman Chitrakar, representatives of both nations will take the inaugural train ride from Jayanagar to Kurtha.
The government had brought two sets of DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) engines from India for operating service on the railway constructed with the financial and technical assistance of the Government of India.
The construction of the rail track from Kurtha to Jayanagar was constructed two years back and railway service is being operated on this route at present. It is 35 kilometers long journey.
The construction of railway track on additional 17 kilometers from Kurtha to Bijulpura has reached the final stages. Train service would be operated on a total 52 kilometers on completion of this.