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India to link Kathmandu to Delhi and Kolkata by rail

21 February 2017 | Kathmandu
 

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India's Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu announced here that it would soon link Kathmandu to New Delhi and Kolkata using direct railway lines, in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate movement of people between the two countries.

Prabhu, who is here to address the Nepal Infrastructure Summit, said that this could happen as soon as Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for engineering surveys.

He added that India was ready to share its drone technology and experience with Nepal for monitoring the project.

This move is a counter to China's bid to expand its rail network towards Lumbini via Kathmandu, according to experts.

Prabhu held separate meetings with Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak, Civil Aviation, Culture and Tourism Minister Jiwan Bahadur Shahi and Energy Minister Janardan Sharma.

   
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