Minister Prakash Jwala launches operation of Kurtha-Bijalpura rail section of the Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas cross-border rail line

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Kathmandu: The Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala, launched the operations on the Kurtha-Bijalpura rail section of the Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas cross-border rail line in a ceremony held at Bijalpura.

The Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India Kathmandu Shri Prasanna Shrivastava, political leaders from Madhesh Pradesh, representatives of government of Nepal, among others were also present at the launch event.

The hand over of this section to the government of Nepal was done during the recent visit of Prime Minister of Nepal to India last month. The Kurtha-Bijalpura line covers a total of 17.3 km and this stretch is dotted with 5 stations namely Kurtha, Pipradi, Loharpatti, Singyahi & Bijalpura.

This is the second phase of the Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas cross-border rail line project being constructed under the grant assistance by Government of India at the total project cost of INR 783.83 crores. The first phase from Jaynagar to Kurtha was inaugurated in April last year and has been operational since. The land acquisition for the third phase connecting Bijalpura to Bardibas is presently ongoing.

In his remarks, Minister Jwala thanked the government of India for its continuous support in development of the infrastructure in Nepal including in the rail sector. He highlighted that this rail connectivity will provide tremendous boost to the people-to-people linkages between the two countries and will enhance trade and tourism in Nepal.

DCM Shrivastava in his remarks highlighted the continued commitment of the government of India to work towards further strengthening of the development partnership for the benefit of the peoples of both countries.