India has officially handed over the Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail link, built with Indian assistance, to the Government of Nepal. The handing over ceremony took place on Friday in the presence of Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ms. Renu Kumari Yadav and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M. Kwatra. The executing agency for the project, IRCON International Ltd. officially handed over the assets of the railway section to Nepal Railway Company Ltd., Government of Nepal amidst a function in Kathmandu.
Under the grant assistance of India, the gauge conversion of 34.9 kms narrow gauge section into broad gauge, from Jaynagar in India to Kurtha in Nepal, has now been completed, according to Indian embassy sources. The 34.9 km Jaynagar-Kurtha section is part of 68.72 km Jaynagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas rail link being built under Government of India grant assistance of NRs. 8.77 billion. “Once operationalized, the cross-border rail link is expected to enhance trade and commerce activities as well as people to people linkages between the two countries,” reads a statement issued by Indian Embassy.