Rabindra Dhungel, 25 august 2020. Nepal’s own train will soon be operational on the 35-kilometer-long Jayanagar-Janakpur railway line. According to the officials of the Railway Department, the train constructed at the Konkon Railway factory in Chennai (India) has already left for Jayanagar from Chennai.
According to Balram Mishra, Director General of the Railway Department, one of the two trains purchased by Nepal has reached Hajipur in Bihar. “The Nepali train has been parked near Patna, the capital of Hajipur Bihar,” said Director General Mishra. “Our train will reach Jayanagar in a few days.”
Director General Mishra also posted a video clip of the train parked in Hajipur on his Facebook page on Monday morning. The video shows a man boarding a train and two drivers pushing the train forward. The exterior of the train is blue and red. As the red and blue colors of the national flag of Nepal with the moon and sun are on the background, the color of the national flag has also been used in the trains purchased by Nepal from India.
“The train will reach Jayanagar in a few days, then by August the train will have reached the border of Nepal,” Mishra added. The two trains procured by the Department of Railways under the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and Urban Development have 5-5 coaches. These trains have been purchased by Nepal for Rs. 846.5 million.
The Janakpur-Jayanagar railway was constructed during the Rana period. The narrow gauge railway has been upgraded to broad gauge recently. And, the Government of Nepal has made a plan to bring the train from Jayanagar to Janakpur to Bardibas in Mahottari.