Railways to ensure smooth journey from India to Nepal

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Patna, Sep 30 (UNI) The Indian Railways is malling over a proposal to convert meter gauge tracks into broad gauge from Jainagar station in Bihar to Bijalpur station in Nepal with a total investment of Rs 550 crore to facilitate easy access for citizens of both countries in each other's territory.

Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) of East Central Railway S K Jain told UNI today survey for the project had already been completed and submitted to the Railway board for its clearance.

''At present, the meter gauge railway tracks exist from Jainagar to Bijalur station covering a total distance of 40 km, '' he said and added that the survey report of the project had been submitted to the Railway Board.

Mr Jain added that the proposal also included the extension of broad gauge tracks from Bijalpur to Baldibus as it would provide train services to the people of both countries.

''People from both sides of the border frequently visit in each other terrirory in search of livelihood, besides meeting other obligations, '' he said.

''Since the project has international ramifications, it will also be discussed with the Nepal govrnment through proper channel before giving the 'go-ahead' signal, '' he remarked.

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