Preparations are in the final stage for operating a rail engine on trial on the newly built railway track from Budhanagar of Biratnagar-18 to Bathanaha of India.
NEW DELHI: Ircon International Limited, an Indian company which had been awarded the contract to lay some 18.1-km railway line from Katahari to Bathanaha six years ago, has so far constructed eight kilometre railway track from Bathanaha to Budhanagar.
Of the constructed railway track, five kilometre lies on the Indian side and three kilometre on the Nepali side.
Remaining 10-km railway section on the Nepali side is yet to be constructed.
“Railway engine will be operated on the track up to Budhanagar within this month,” said junior general manager of the company Pradip Kumar.
A team led by director general of the Department of Railways of Nepal Balaram Mishra had monitored the under-construction railway track yesterday.
The railway project was supposed to be ready in two years time at the cost of around INR 2.38 billion.
But as the project couldn’t start even after years due to the dispute related to compensation, the project cost has gone up to INR 3.73 billion.