India has decided to allow two-way operation of Nepali rail service from Biratnagar and Birgunj to Kolkata-Haldiya. The contract was reached during the third detailed evaluate meeting of the Nepal-India railway service agreement kept in New Delhi, India on June 6 and 7.
Speaking at a press meet to reveal about the decisions of the conference here today, Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Kedar Bahadur Adhikari shared that a contract was also reached to make, as per the transit treaty, needed amendment in the railway service to also allow bulk cargo via rail from Biratnagar and Bhairahawa transits. Moreover, additions will be manufactured in the agreement after the Biratnagar-Jogbani, Sunauli-Nautanawa and Kurtha-Inarwa railway service comes into operation.
The Nepal-India railway support agreement was renewed for another five years. A contract has also been reached for Nepal to send a draft of the matters discussed in the third detail review meeting and amend the railway service contract accordingly to ease transit and transportation. The Dhamra and Mundra seaports added to the Nepal-India transit treaty may also be added to the railway service agreement.
During the meeting, the Indian side has also agreed to grow the electronic railway line up to the dry port in Birgunj. The fourth meeting is going to be held in Kathmandu within the next six months. Joint Secretary at the Ministry Nawaraj Dhakal led the Nepali side in the meeting whilst the Indian side was led by Executive Director of the Railways Ministry of India Manoj Kumar Srivastav.