New Delhi: The first passenger train to run on broad gauge between India and Nepal is likely to be functional from December. The train will run from Jayanagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Dhanusa district in Janakpur Zone of south-eastern Nepal.
The Bureau of Immigration or the state government will establish an immigration check post at Jayanagar station. No visa will be required for Indian and Nepalese nationals crossing the border through this stretch. The section will be opened with four trips and will ply in eight to 16-hour shifts.
The ministry of external affairs had several inter-ministerial meetings with the railways, the government of Nepal and other stakeholders regarding this. More meetings are likely to take place.
The Rs 5.5-billion (Nepalese Rs 8.8 billion) project is divided into three phases- 34 km segment between Jayanagar and Kurtha, 18-km segment from Kurtha to Bhangaha in Mahottari district, and 17-km segment from Bhangaha to Bardibas.
The sale of tickets will be through an unreserved ticketing system and passenger reservation system in Nepal which will be facilitated by the railways.