By Our Correspondent
Rajbiraj, Mar. 30: The Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service has been scheduled to be inaugurated jointly by the Prime Ministers of Nepal and India virtually on coming Saturday.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and his Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the railway from New Delhi, India.
“Prime Minister Deuba will be in India from April 1 on a three-day official visit. He will inaugurate the railway service alongside the Indian Prime Minister on April 2,” said Niranjan Jha, general manager of Nepal Railway Company.
Jha informed that the government had issued an ordinance for the third time following which the inauguration date was fixed.
The dry-run of the railway was conducted from February 13 and it gave positive results, said Jha.
“We have deployed 59 Nepalis and 26 Indian employees to operate the railway services,” said Jha. The fare of Janakpur-Jayanagar is Rs. 70 per person in general seats while Rs. 300 per person in air-conditioned seats.
Around 1,200-1,300 passengers can be accommodated in the train operating along the route. Two sets of demo train were bought from Indian Railway Corporation at a cost of Rs. 840 million.
The railway service was constructed under the aid of Rs. 8.770 billion from Indian government alongside the support of Indian technicians.