Jaynagar-Kurtha Railway brings modernization in Nepal's railway connection, says Nepal Minister

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Kathmandu (Nepal), Oct 23 (ANI): Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Renu Kumari Yadav said that the Jaynagar-Kurtha Railway built with Indian assistance has given birth to a modern railway system in the Himalayan Nation. Addressing the handing-over and receiving ceremony of the Jaynagar-Kurtha cross border rail link, Minister Yadav claimed that it has brought modernization in Nepal's railway system. Under the grant assistance of the Government of India, the gauge conversion of 34.9 km narrow gauge section into broad gauge, from Jaynagar in India to Kurtha in Nepal, was constructed. An Indian Embassy in Kathmandu release stated that the 34.9 km Jaynagar-Kurtha section is part of the 68.72 km Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas rail link being built under the Government of India grant assistance of NPR 8.77 billion. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra said that the handing over of the railway to Nepal is a central feature of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Neighbourhood First" policy. There is a total of 8 stations and halts on the Jaynagar-Kurtha section, which include the historically important city of Janakpur which is expected to facilitate the movement of people from and to Janaki Temple in Janakpur. For the conversion of the railway line, the IRCON International Limited (A public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India) was assigned to construct the Jayanagar-Bardibas Railway line (69KM) and Jogbani- Biratnagar Railway Line (18.6KM) in the first phase.

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