Indian railways at the doorsteps of Nepal

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Katihar, Jun 3(UNI) Indian Railways would connect India and Nepal from tomorrow through Bihar in a bid to boost trade and bilateral relations with the neighbouring country.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad would flag off the commencement of both passenger and goods trains on the 111-Km long Jogbani Katihar section, under Katihar division of Northeast Frontier Railways(NFR).

It is for the first time that the Nepali citizens would get an opportunity to travel to India by trains.

Senior divisional commercial manager R K Singh said here today that with the commencement of the express, passenger and goods train services on the section, the long cherished dreams of the people of Eastern Nepal as well as those of Purnia, Arariya and other bordering districts would come true.

He said for the time being four pair of passenger trains would ply on the section every day while one pair of the express train would be extended thrice a week, he informed saying that the express trains from Kishanganj to Ajmersharif would also be extended thrice a week from tomorrow.

Apart from this, services of goods trains would start on the Katihar-Jogbani section giving a new dimension to the trade between Nepal and India all along Bihar as the goods trains would transport containers directly from Kolkata port to Nepal.

He said the Indian railways was also contemplating for extending train services to Viratnagar in Nepal and an extensive survey was already underway for the purpose.

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