India to prepare Raxaul-Kathmandu railway DPR before agreement

India has started preparations for a detailed project report for the construction of Raxaul-Kathmandu railway though it is yet to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Nepal government in this regard.

Officials at the Department of Railway in Nepal say India has already allocated budget for the DPR preparation. Earlier, Nepal had asked India to prepare the DPR. Though India has already accepted the request, a formal MoU is yet to be signed.

“Since the budget has already been allocated, the Indian team will soon come to Nepal and begin its work,” the department’s chief Bala Ram Mishra says, “But we have not been informed about the developments officially.”

In the past also, India had launched a preliminary study for the project without signing the agreement. India has already handed over the preliminary engineering and traffic survey report to Nepal.

 

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