All preparations for the operation of the Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway Service have been completed.
According to Nepal Railway Company Limited, the railway service will begin operations following an agreement reached between the governments of Nepal and India, as all preparations, including infrastructure and human resources, have been completed.
Guru Bhattarai, the company’s general manager, stated that preparations had been made for the railways to be operational immediately, but that this had been postponed for a few days due to the change of administration.
According to him, a plan has been put in place for the Indian government to hand over the project to Nepal today or tomorrow. At present time, the exchange of documents is still pending following the ministry-level deliberations.
“The inauguration will take place after the infrastructures (of the railway) are handed over,” General Manager Bhattarai said, adding that the Government of India would pass over all structures built for the operation of the railway service to the Government of Nepal.
The railway track, station, buildings, residential building, and computers developed and installed with the Government of India’s economic and technical support would be formally turned over to Nepal Railways.
He noted that more documentation needed to be exchanged between the two countries for the railway service to be operational.
The paper relating to the agreement struck with the Indian government corporation has yet to be exchanged.
“There was a programme where papers on these three topics were exchanged. Because to the change in government, this has been postponed by a few days,” he added.
The Company has also trained the necessary human resources for the railway’s operation. All human resources have been made available for this aim. The instruction was given by three Indian technicians. Within the next several days, five or six Indian technicians would be brought in.
Individuals arriving today will provide knowledge on the railway’s structure and operation. They will also go over the various roles and responsibilities.
The essential railway operation test has been completed. General Manager Bhattarai stated that the trial track test had been completed.
“The track and signal have been tested to see if they are operational. The track must be tested by driving a vehicle on it. During the test, the railway track’s alignment was examined. The railway track has been verified as safe for operation,” he continued.
Since a year, the government has undertaken periodic conversations with the Government of India about the railway’s operation.
According to the company, the Indian side has been pushing for the train service to be operational in Nepal as soon as possible.
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic risk, he indicated travelling to India would be no problem. Like he stated, the railway can also be operated through mutual talks, just as the other cars were travelling to and from India’s Jayanagar.
Both countries’ governments must make a choice in this regard. For the time being, discussions are being made about operating the rail service on the Jayanagar-Janakpur route.
The Railway Ordinance was adopted by President Bidya Devi Bhandari a few months ago. It has already been tabled in Parliament in accordance with the rule that the ordinance be tabled in Parliament within 60 days.
The Railway Ordinance had been introduced in parliament before to the House of Representatives’ dissolution. The administration had introduced a measure that was identical to the ordinance. General Manager Bhattarai stated that it would be forwarded because it was once again placed on the Parliament table.
The organisation has prepared all forms of human resources required for its railway service operation. As there are no experienced people resources in Nepal for the running of railway services, certain human resources have been brought in under contract from India, he explained.
Some human resources from India are required to arrive here immediately, while the remainder of the crew members will arrive soon after the date for its operation is determined.
The Company would employ 200 Nepalese and 26 Indians. An agreement was reached to move five railways forward with the Indian government’s financial and technical assistance. Jaynagar-Kurtha railway was the first to be built.
Similarly, the construction of the Kurtha-Bardibas railway has been expedited. In the previous fiscal year, the Nepalese government purchased a rail set from an Indian government business for the operation of railway service along the Jaynagar-Kurtha segment.