India – Nepal Train Services
The Government of India & The Government of Nepal in a move to strengthen the Indo – Nepal connectivity, enhance trade and commerce activities commissioned the Jaynagar (Bihar – India) – Kurtha (Nepal) section of Rail link, Railway announced via Press release. Further details about train services between India and Nepal are here.
On 02.07.2022, Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi and Hon’ble PM of Nepal Shri Sher Bahadur Deuba flagged off the inaugural run of the first broad-gauge passenger rail link between Jaynagar (India) & Kurtha (Nepal).
Konkan Railway announced via press release on 02.04.2022 that Government of Nepal has formed Nepal Railway Company Limited (NRCL) which has been given the onus of operations & maintenance of train services and Railway system in Jaynagar- Kurtha section. Nepal Railway Company Limited has awarded the contract for starting train operations in Jayanagar – Kurtha to Konkan Railway.
Under the able leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister and the guidance of the Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Konkan Railway has been successful in delivering Two 5 Car DEMU Train sets to Nepal Railway Company Limited as well as commence the operationalization of the cross-border rail link between Jaynagar (India) and Kurtha (Nepal) from 02-04-2022 (today) after the inaugural run on this section.
The initial passenger services will start with Two 5 Car DEMU Train sets which have been supplied by Konkan Railway to the Government of Nepal against supply contract awarded to KRCL with funding provided by the Government of Nepal. These rakes are manufactured by Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and have many modern features.
Each 5 car DEMU train set has 1600 HP propulsion and other advanced features such as one air-conditioned coach, electronic fuel injection, microprocessor based AC-AC traction, pneumatic suspension and toilets. The Government of Nepal finalized the color scheme of these train sets based on the National flag of Nepal.
Nepal Railway Company Ltd. has engaged Konkan Railway Corporation Limited, for initial hand holding and to provide Operations & Maintenance support for a period of one year.
As part of this agreement, Konkan Railway will undertake operations & maintenance of train sets, provide training to the Employees of Nepal Railway, supply of 26 expert manpower and minimum equipment, create basic systems for Railway Operations and provide technical support for maintenance of track and signalling systems
The joint working of Nepal Railway Company with Konkan Railway under support from The Government of India and The Government of Nepal will help Nepal to build a robust Railway system and will help in strengthening the relationships between the two countries.
Konkan Railway is happy and privileged to work with the Department of Railways and the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Nepal and be a part of India’s efforts to have good relations with its neighbours.