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Sarlahi section of east-west electric railway project witnesses 90 percent progress (rep 11/05/2024)

Govt fails to adopt podway technology despite its potential in Nepal, by Hari Prasad Sharma (rep 16/04/2024)

Nepal aims to expand railway network but lacks essential staff : The country continues to employ Indian technical workers to run the Bijalpura-Jayanagar passenger service, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/04/2024)

Nepal to raise its concerns about the DPR of Raxaul-Kathmandu railway : A team from India’s Konkan Railway Corporation is scheduled to visit Kathmandu later this month to give a presentation on the final location survey of the project, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/01/2024)

Survey starting this week for extending Jayanagar-Bijalpura-Bardibas railway : Passenger railway service is already in operation in Jayanagar-Bijalpura section of the railway (kp 18/12/2023)

Train service from Janakpur to Bhangha temporarily halted due to Bibah Panchami passenger overload (rep 18/12/2023)

Feasibility study of Nepal-China railway on track, department says : Aerial survey and mapping are likely to be completed within this month, according to Rohit Bisural, director general at the railway department, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 14/12/2023)

Secretary-level meeting held in China to expedite works on Kathmandu-Kerung railway (rep 28/11/2023)

Has Nepal lost interest in the cross-border railway network with China? (rep 01/10/2023)

When will Kathmandu travel on monorail?, by Dilip Poudel (rep 25/08/2023)

Janakpur-Jayanagar train to operate upto Mahottari’s Bhangaha from today (kh 16/07/2023), Rail service starts on Kurtha-Bijalapura section : The 17-km section is part of the 69-km Jayanagar-Janakpur railroad being reconstructed at the cost of Rs10 billion, by Sunita Baral (kp 17/07/2023), Restoration of railway service after 21 years elates Bhangaha folks (kh 17/07/2023)

Bathnaha-Biratnagar freight train cheers traders : The train operations would decrease the cost of production and boost manufacturing in the region, traders say, by Binod Bhandari (kp 07/06/2023)

PM Dahal and Indian PM Modi inaugurate Biratnagar train (kh 01/06/2023), Bathnaha-Biratnagar freight train service comes into operation : Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the operations of the freight train service, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 02/06/2023)

Maula Kali cable car comes into operation in Gaindakot : The 1.2-km line connects Gaindakot with Maula Kalika, a famous Hindu temple situated at an elevation of 561 metres, by Narayan Sharma (kp 02/05/2023)

Chinese team in the field for detailed study of Kathmandu-Kerung railway (rep 25/04/2023)

Maulakali cable car comes into operation from today (kh 14/04/2023)

Extension of Janakpur-Jayanagar train service (rep 14/04/2023)

DPR of Raxaul-KTM Railway to be ready in a month (ae 28/03/2023)

Protest launched to exert pressure to build Nepal-India train service to Koshi barrage (rep 07/02/2023)

Delay in land acquisition for East-West Railways affects dozens of families in Morang (rn 03/02/2023)

Putting Nepal on the right track : A train network will generate jobs in construction and operation, bring efficiency and connectivity, by Arnico Panday (nt 27/01/2023)

India stealing a march on China on rail connectivity with Nepal? India is in final location survey of Raxaul-Kathmandu rail as China starts Kerung-Kathmandu line’s feasibility study, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 19/01/2023)

India and China compete to develop railway lines connecting Nepal (ae 16/01/2023)

Indian Railways to launch tourist train on Ayodhya–Janakpur cross-border route : The Indian Ministry of Railways says the initiative is aimed at promoting the cultural relation between India and Nepal (kp 15/01/2023)

Nepal Railway seeks to hire Indian staff for Janakpur trains : India’s Konkan Railways Corporation staff have been manning rail service so far, but their contract is expiring soon, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 13/01/2023) [There was plenty of time to train Nepali staff. Why has this not happened?]

Jayanagar-Kurtha trains will keep rolling for now : Officials say the contract with the Indian operator KRCL has been extended for a month (kp 03/01/2023)

Cash-short Jayanagar rail faces uncertain future : Contract with India’s Konkan Railways Corporation, which has been operating the rail, is expiring next week, by Anil Giri (kp 20/12/2022)

Kerung-Kathmandu rail: China offers feasibility deal, Nepal stalls : The matter will be taken up by the incoming federal government, say Nepali officials, by Anil Giri (kp 18/12/2022) [The incoming government will probably be one of the most unstable governments Nepal has ever had!], Slow train to China : The longer the cross-border rail project lingers, the more problems it will create in bilateral relations [The USA will be happy!]

Nepal, China seal a deal for utilisation of Rs15 billion in Chinese grant : Beijing will reportedly start sending experts for feasibility study of the cross-border railway by the end of this year, by Anil Giri (kp 16/11/2022)

Jayanagar-Kurtha railway to provide “untimely” service for three days (kh 06/11/2022)

Can Nepal afford an ‘$8 billion’ rail line from Lhasa to Kathmandu? Questions galore over costs and benefits of the ambitious project. Nepali leg alone is expected to cost over $3 billion, by Anil Giri (kp 01/10/2022)

Nepal and China to study trans-Himalayan railway : China is to start a feasibility study for the trans-Himalayan Tibet-Nepal Railway, but there environmental and technical questions, by Ramesh Bhushal (nt 23/09/2022)

Rail wash costs over Rs 50 million every year (kh 29/08/2022)

HoR Committee concerns over issues hampering Jayanagar-Bardibas railway project (kh 24/08/2022)

No progress on Nepal-China Railway Project despite feasibility study agreements on every high level visit (rep 13/08/2022)

China announces to conduct feasibility study for Kerung-Kathmandu railway : Foreign Minister Dr Khadka is on a three-day official visit to China at the invitation of China’s State Councilor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (nlt 11/08/2022), China announces to commission Kerung-Kathmandu railway feasibility study (kh 11/08/2022)

Preparation to operate Bathnaha-Biratnagar trains (rep 13/07/2022), Biratnagar-Bathnah freight train to come into operational within two weeks (rep 25/07/2022)

Indian railway contractor threatens to quit over delays : 18.6-km railway linking Katahari, Morang with Bathnaha, India gets bogged down in land compensation issues, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 26/06/2022)

Landowners on proposed railway path upset as deals remain frozen : The Inaruwa-Kakarbhitta railway line will be 106 km long, and it is estimated to cost Rs90 billion, by Arjun Rajbanshi (kp 09/06/2022)

Nepali train catches fire after spilling of acid in luggage compartment (kp 03/06/2022)

Train from Janakpur to run up to Bijalpura : The new section will be handed over to Nepal Railway Company within a month and a half, according to officials, by Anil Giri (kp 09/05/2022)

Jayanagar-Kurtha passenger train service resumes today (kh 03/04/2022), Jayanagar-Kurtha rail service: All seats occupied on first day of its operation (rep 04/04/2022)

President Bhandari issues Railway Ordinance (rep 23/03/2022) [Nepal is a parliamentary democracy, that is run by ordinances without active parliament! Isn't this funny?], Ordinance paves way for resumption of Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service (rep 23/03/2022)

Inauguration of Jayanagar-Janakpur railway falls uncertain as ordinance related to it is now rendered invalid (rep 16/03/2022) [The government, President and KP Oli should be held personally accountable!], Janakpur-Jayanagar Train To Run 15 Days In A Month (rn 17/03/2022) [May this train run and run and run for years without passengers....]

Nepal-India railway service becomes uncertain as ordinance has expired : Nepal Railway Company has been operating trains on the 35-kilometre Kurtha-Jayanagar Cross Border Railway without passengers since February 13, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/03/2022)
[This really symbolises the whole farce of Nepali politics and the unconscionable behaviour of the top politicians who actually believe that their only task is power struggles and personal enrichment!]

What if… Kathmandu valley had a metro service? Kathmandu valley urgently needs a railway system. The government had commissioned the detailed project report (DPR) for it but work has been on halt for some time , by Cilla Khatry (ae 03/03/2022)

Impatience growing as Nepal Railways delays commercial launch : The 36-km line connects Kurtha in Nepal with Jayanagar in India, the new avatar of the legendary Janakpur railway, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 27/02/2022) [Leading politicians from Nepal and India want to make a big splash at the official inauguration without justification, but they don't have time right now (elections in India, MCC dispute in Nepal). So the people have to wait. They are not important anyway!]

Nepal’s train comes into operation from today (kh 13/02/2022)

PM Deuba and India’s PM Modi to jointly inaugurate rail service from Jayanagar to Dhanusha (kh 04/02/2022), Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway to come into operation by February third week (rep 04/02/2022)

Govt preparing to operate train kept under veil (rep 05/01/2022), Train sets tested on Kurtha-Jayanagar track after 16 months : As Nepal Railway is yet to recruit staff, queries remain over when the service will begin, by Shyam Sundar Sashi (kp 09/01/2022)

Final location survey for Kathmandu-Raxaul rail set to chug along : After Nepal and India signed an MoU on the proposed project in October, Indian side wants to start work immediately, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/12/2021)

North has renewed cross-border train pledge, but progress slow on the ground : Chinese foreign minister earlier this month said China will help Nepal with road and rail connectivity. Nepal officials say feasibility study has failed to chug along, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/12/2021)

Cross-border railway operation delayed for lack of funds and staff : Nepal Railway Company says its board has not passed the annual budget, hindering staff recruitment process, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/12/2021)

Nepal won’t allow third country nationals to travel to India by rail : Preparations underway to bring ordinance and operate the Kurtha-Jayanagar rail service by December, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/11/2021)

Kurtha-Jayanagar railroad to have fewer level crossings : The move is aimed at reducing train-vehicle collisions, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/10/2021)

Nepal-India railway service in limbo in lack of law, staff : India handed over Kurtha-Jayanagar railroad on Friday, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/10/2021), Railblock ahead : Delay in operating the Janakpur-Kurtha rail is a masterclass on how not to run projects (kp 25/10/2021)

Nepal, India sign accord on Kathmandu-Raxaul railway : India will prepare a detailed project report for the proposed $3.15 billion rail line, officials say. It will enable train travel to all Indian cities, by Rajesh Mishra (kp 08/10/2021), Nepal, India hold Joint Working Group meeting on cross border railway links (kh 08/10/2021)

Over 1,700 bighas of land of ‘Nepal Government Railway’ encroached (rep 01/10/2021)

Construction work resumes on Katahari-Bathnaha railway line : Work on the 18.1 km broad gauge cross-border railroad track had stalled over a land compensation dispute, by Binod Bhandari (kp 28/09/2021)

Geopolitical Challenges of Kathmandu-Rasuwagadhi Railway, by Gaurav Bhattarai and Manish Jung Pulami (kh 23/09/2021)

A new train last year was welcomed with much fanfare. It never ranPolitical, legal and technical issues have prevented the brand new locomotives that Nepal bought from India from coming into operation—on a new track, by Sangam Prasain, Prithvi Man Shrestha and Shuvam Dhungana (kp 19/09/2021)

First private sector cargo train from India arrives in Birgunj (rep 15/09/2021), First private container train from India arrives in Birgunj : Competition will bring down freight charges, and Nepali traders will also save time all of which will eventually benefit consumers, officials say; It arrived with a cargo of  food items in Birgunj 40 hours after leaving Haldia dock near Kolkata, by Sangam Prasain and Shankar Acharya (kp 16/09/2021)

Kathmandu-Raxaul Railway Project In Limbo, by Sanchita Ghimire (rn 13/09/2021)

Bardibas residents protest against railway land compensation rate : The concerned landowners said the valuation of their land made by the Land Compensation Fixation  Committee was much lower against their current market value, by Sunita Baral (kp 22/08/2021)

Railway compensation dispute resolved (rep 19/08/2021)

Signing of Kathmandu-Raxaul Railway MoU postponed (rep 04/08/2021)

Railway Service Could Be Operated Through Nepal-India Understanding (rn 21/07/2021)

No light at end of trans-Himalayan train tunnel : Engineering, financial and geopolitical challenges remain for Kerung-Kathmandu railway line (nt 16/07/2021)

Speed test of Janakur-Jayanagar railway track being conducted Sunday (kh 17/07/2021), Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway to be inaugurated today (rep 18/07/2021)

Revised railway service deal with India to facilitate Nepal’s trade, officials sayThe agreement ends CONCOR’s monopoly over freight services and allows transport from more Indian seaports, by Anil Giri (kp 04/07/2021),
Nepal, India sign LoE to Nepal-India Rail Service Agreement, Nepali rail will now have access to Haldiya and Calcutta (rep 09/07/2021), Nepal can now trade with third countries using Indian Railways (rep 10/07/2021)

Railway ordinance stipulates provision for dedicated security unit (ht 20/05/2021) Railway ordinance stipulates provision for dedicated security unit (ht) [Why by ordinance at all, when Nepal has a popularly elected parliament, which the prime minister has so far been unable to abolish despite all his efforts?]

Lack Of Laws Pointed Out To Operate Kurtha-Jayanagar Rail Service (rn 09/04/2021)

Proposed Kathmandu-Raxaul rail project moves a step ahead  : The broad-gauge line will cost $3.15 billion and link the capital with the Indian railway network, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 25/03/2021)

Construction of railway track worries residents of Chandrapur : Local residents fear possible inundation during monsoons after the construction of  a high dam-like structure for the railway track; A large area of  paddy fields in Betauna was flooded last monsoon, by Shiva Puri (kp 16/03/2021)

Mechi-Mahakali railway: Distribution of compensation for land delayed : Local residents say they have transferred the ownership of their fertile land to the government, but haven’t received anything in return from officials who promised them money, by Shiva Puri (kp 07/02/2021)

Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway to come into operation by February 2nd week (rep 18/01/2021)

Lack of prior planning delays train operation, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/11/2020)

Nepal-India JWG discusses running train services on Jaynagar-Kurtha railway link (ht 21/11/2020)

Nepal’s antique trains rotting away, by Govind Mahato (ae 16/10/2020)

Construction of railway tracks delayed due to forest clearance issue : The Mechi-Mahakali Railway that passes through  Rautahat is yet to receive clearance from Ministry of  Forest and Environment for tree felling, by Shiva Puri (kp 25/09/2020)

How a multi-billion rupee railway trackbed corruption scam was exposed and ultimately brought down, by Krishna Gnawali (rep 08/09/2020)

Bardibas-Simara Electric Railway Continues Amid Lockdown (rn 06/09/2020)

Protesting landowners in Betauna receive compensation amount for the land acquired by East-West Electric Railway: The long-standing dispute over compensation has been resolved; project work disrupted for months to resume soon, by Shiva Puri (kp 14/05/2020)

Locals prevent railway builders from resuming work over compensation: Work on the 975-km cross-country track began in 2019 and is slated to be completed in 2022, by Shiva Puri (kp 28/04/2020)

Landowners obstruct construction work on East-West Railway over compensation row: The compensation amount for land having irrigation facility has been fixed at Rs500,000 per kattha, by Shiva Puri (kp 13/03/2020), Construction of Mechi-Mahakali Electric Railway likely to resume after hiatus (ht 14/03/2020)

Committee to settle land compensation dispute for Mechi-Mahakali Electric Railway: Survey has been halted due to the agitation of local residents, by Shiva Puri (kp 25/02/2020)

India allocates budget for the proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu electrical rail blueprint: Once the detailed project report gets finalised, it will take five years laying the railway track from the start date,say Nepali officials, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 17/02/2020)

Mechi-Mahakali railway project public hearing held (ht 13/02/2020)

NRC can hire foreign workers for rail service (ht 24/01/2020)

Janakpur-Jayanagar rail service to resume operations by March: The first set of coaches christened Janaki Rail have been dispatched from Chennai, India, by Krishana Prasain (kp 17/01/2020)

New Railway Bill envisages cross-border service (ht 16/01/2020)

NA meeting approves proposal on Railway Bill (ht 13/01/2020)

Railway passengers without ticket to be fined Rs 25,000 (rep 07/01/2020)

EIA of proposed electric railway in Province 1 ready (ht 18/18/12/2019)

Rail operation uncertain on Janakpur-Jayanagar broad-gauge line: Infrastructure was built months ago. Department of Railways says service will commence by mid-March, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 15/12/2019)

Kathmandu- Kyirong Railway DPR: Nepal-China likely to sign implementation agreement (ht 25/11/2019), DPR to commence in January: Chinese government agrees to prepare the report free of cost (ht 27/11/2019)

At upcoming talks, Nepal and China to discuss Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumbini railways: The two sides will discuss ways to conduct the feasibility study for the railway lines on Chinese expenditure, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 23/11/2019)

Local farmers in Betauna demand re-evaluation of compensation for Bardibas-Simara railway track:  Landowners claim the compensation amount is lesser than the current value of the land, by Shiva Puri (p 18/11/2019)

Nepal to request grant for DPR of Kathmandu-Raxaul railway: Officials said a request has been made through unofficial channels in India, and a formal proposal will follow soon, by Anil Giri (kp 25/10/2019)

Department of Railways seeks 200 staffers: Plans to start Janakpur-Kurtha service from October (ht 25/08/2019)

Nepal, India to expedite Raxaul-Ktm railway, 3 other cross-border lines, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 23/08/2019)

Will they build it? History suggests that Nepal-China railway project does not have an easy answer, by Biswo Poudel (rep 12/08/2019)

Integrated metro rail: Way to ease congestion, by Binod L. Amatya (ht 25/07/2019)

East-West Electrified Railway: DoRW plans new DPR of disputed section (ht 19/07/2019)

Detailed project report of cross-border railway finalised (ht 18/07/2019)

Metro is not the way: Bus rapid transit systems are more economical, easily constructed, and can run profitably, by Bidur Timalsina (kp 07/07/2019)

Which way will the Tibet-Nepal railway go? Feasibility report suggests drilling a train tunnel under the Himalaya, not along the river, by Ramesh Bhushal (nt 05/07/2019), Dream train, by Ramesh Bhushal (nt 05/07/2019)

China urges Nepal to wait, as railway project will take over seven years: There are a lot of technical, engineering and geological  reasons to consider before preparing a detailed project  report, Chinese officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 24/06/2019)

Kathmandu-Kyirong railway: DPR to be finalised in next meet (ht 21/06/2019), China seeks clarity on 5 points ahead of DPR, by Chetnath Acharya (rep 21/06/2019)

Nepali delegation leaves for Beijing to discuss railways: Officials expect a deal over the detailed project report for Kathmandu-Kerung railway, by Anil Giri (kp 18/06/2019)

Reinventing Kathmandu with a metro: The proposed line is about 34 km long, out of which 12 km would be underground, by Binod L Amatya (kp 16/06/2019) [In view of the fact that many roads on the outskirts of the city have not been repaired for more than four years, it is difficult to dream of a metro.]

SC tells govt not to build road, rail line thru CNP without consultation, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/06/2019)

Raxaul-Kathmandu rail survey report is ready, Indian officials say: India submitted the report to Nepal government about a month ago but a top  Nepal railway official in Kathmandu says he has not seen it, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 09/06/2019) [???]

Nepali trains to transport cargo to Biratnagar and Birgunj from Kolkata, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 09/06/2019)

China pledges Rs 2 billion in grant for railways, but where will it go? The aid could either go towards funding a detailed project report for the cross-border Kerung-Kathmandu railway, or towards a feasibility study for two domestic lines, by Anil Giri (kp 07/06/2019)

Meeting to reobserve rail agreement to begins today in New Delhi, by Suresh Raj Neupane (kp 06/06/2019)

Sarlahi folk demand authorities re-evaluate compensation amount for their land, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 26/05/2019), Sarlahi locals stage sit-in demanding re-evaluation of land compensation: The protesting locals claimed that the Compensation Fixation Committee  fixed the land’s valuation based on the  ‘going rate’ 40 years ago, by Om Prakash Thakur (kp 31/05/2019)

Chinese envoy says cross-border railway is not an overnight projectIn her first press meet, Hou Yanqi tries to assuage concerns surrounding Belt and Road Initiative and debt trap, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/05/2019), Nepal-China railway project will be executed: Envoy Hou, by Roshan S Nepal (ht 24/05/2019)

epartment of Railways signs deal to procure rail sets from India: With track-laying and test run over, service is expected to resume in 5 months, by Anil Giri (kp 11/05/2019)

Nepal seeks Chinese grant to prepare detailed report of rail via Kerung: Officials argues that securing a Chinese grant will make it easier for them to request India to fund study for the railway from south, by Anil Giri (kp 10/05/2019)

Parties divided over Nepal-China railroad funding: Congress for funding project only through grants, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 06/05/2019)

CIAA to investigate railway property encroachment (ht 28/04/2019)

Government to revive Nepal Railway Co to operate railway services (ht 26/04/2019)

Meeting of Kathmandu-Kyirong railway delayed (ht 16/04/2019)

Construction of Bardibas-Nijgadh  railway track moving at snail’s pace, by Sunita Baral (kp 15/04/2019)

Kathmandu monorail: Just a pipe dream or reality in the making? (ht 07/04/2019)

handrapur folk protest against construction of rail sub-station, by Shiba Puri (kp 01/04/2019)

KTM-Kerung Railway project to get DPR soon (kp 31/03/2019)

Rs 35b and two years: Cost of detailed project report of Kathmandu-Kerung rail: Nepal and China are set to discuss the issue at a meeting  later this month or by the second week of April, officials say, by Anil Giri (kp 19/03/2019)

Nepal to use ‘less expensive’ Chinese gauge for railway (kp 06/03/2019)

Detailed feasibility study of Trans Himalayan Kathmandu-Kyirong railway to begin in March, by Umesh Poudel (ht 25/02/2019)

Janakpur rail project nears completion, by Shahiman Rai (kp 31/12/2018)

Nepal to purchase own rail from India: Transport minister (rep 26/12/2018)

Kathmandu-Kerung railway: Nepal urges China to fund feasibility study; Nepal lacks both budget and technology to conduct feasibility study for the ambitious railway project, by Anil Giri (kp 22/12/2018)

City signs monorail MoU with Chinese company, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/12/2018)

Nepal gets first modern train tracks, by Binaj Gurubacharya (rep 15/12/2018)

Nepal, China to discuss Ktm-Kyirong railway today (ht 09/12/2018), Kathmandu-Kerung railway chugs ahead as China tables report: Chinese officials also keen to start a pre-feasibility  study of Kathmandu-Pokhara railway, by Anil Giri (kp 11/12/2018)

Janakpur-Jayanagar rail to resume in Dec (ht 01/12/2018)

Getting around town: An electric light rail system might be the right solution for Kathmandu Valley, by Shubha Adhikari (kp 27/11/2018)

Officials from Nepal, China to meet in Kathmandu next month: Meeting will discuss funding modality and detailed project report work for cross-border  railway, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 20/11/2018)

Uttar Pradesh CM to open Nepal-India railway next month: Railways Department to negotiate with two Indian firms to wet lease rail, by Anil Giri and Sanjeev Giri (kp 15/11/2018)

Survey begins for Mechi-Mahakali Electric Railway, by Binod Pariyar (rep 13/11/2018)

Chugging along: Expanding rail linkages has never been so important (kp 06/11/2018)

Biratnagar town connected with Indian railway network, by Binod Subedi (rep 05/11/2018)

Besides airport, Nijgadh may also get rail line: Survey compnay asked to study the possibilities of incorporating Nijgadh in the railway line to link Nepal and India, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 01/11/2018)

Chugging towards development: The trans-Himalayan railway must be built by mobilising political commitment, by Dinesh Paudel (kp 29/10/2018)

Freight train reaches Janakpur from India, by Shyam Sundar Shashi and Sontosh Singh (kp 11/10/2018)

Fast lane ahead: The investments made in transport infrastructure will benefit generations to come, by Gao Liang (kp 08/10/2018)

‘Bathana-Biratnagar rail by October end’, by Deo Narayan Sah (kp 06/10/2018)

Janakpur railway nears completion, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 05/10/2018)

Six firms in metro rail project shortlist (kp 15/09/2018), Uncertainty surrounds Kathmandu Monorail (ht 15/09/2018), Why monorail is bad for Kathmandu: One of the biggest downsides of monorails is when something goes wrong, or if a section of track needs to be repaired, the entire system needs to be shut down, by Keshab Sharma (rep 20/09/2018)

China to extend Tibet rail to India border via Nepal, by Sangam Prasain (kp 14/09/2018)

Railroads and the China card: Tactics such as playing one neighbour off against the other are not a viable strategy, by Santosh Sharma Poudel (kp 06/09/2018)

Nepal and India agree to survey cross-border rail: India’s Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd has been tasked with the engineering cum traffic survey (kp 01/09/2018), MoU signed for technical study of Raxaul-KTM railway (rep 01/09/2018)

Nepal, China agree on rail study: Station in Kathmandu Valley changed from Manamaiju to Sankhu, by Anil Giri and Sanjeev Giri (kp 24/08/2018)

Kathmandu-Kerung railway: Project to cost Rs257 billion; The construction of the railway running through complicated geological terrain will take nine years to build (kp 20/08/2018)

DPR of North-South railway project within a year: Minister Mahaseth (ht 17/08/2018)

Rail project ‘complicated and arduous’: ‘The onus lies on leaders in both countries to decide whether they want to go ahead with the construction of the railway track’, by Anil Giri (kp 16/08/2018)

Janakpur-Jayanagar-Kurtha railway: Wet lease train starts this year (kp 15/08/2018)

Connecting with China: Railway could become game-changer for Nepal to get connected with rest of the world, by Bhim Nath Regmi (rep 15/08/2018)

Kathmandu-Kyirong railway feasible, by Umesh Poudel (ht 13/08/2018)

Indian goods train from Jayanagar arrives in Janakpur (kp 10/08/2018)

Kathmandu-Kerung railway project: Nepal, China to discuss report in 3rd week of Aug, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 05/08/2018)

Raxaul-Kathmandu rail project: DoR says land acquisition a major hurdle (kp 24/07/2018)

Nepal, India to make concerted bid to complete two cross-border rail lines (rep 10/07/2018), Nepal, India to expedite rail project (kp 11/07/2018)

Bumbling on railway: The five-year period that has been allocated in the proposed railway construction from Tibet to Kathmandu sounds like a misnomer, by Aditya Man Shrestha (rep 10/07/2018)

Bring the rail: Only when we have built one railway, we will know how beneficial it will be for us. Let’s start the work now, by Ashish Gajurel (rep 09/07/2018)

Govt moots train wet lease: The Department of Railways is considering the modality on the Janakpur-Jayanagar-Kurtha railway line being laid, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 01/07/2018)

Nepal should ask China, India to build railway links on grants (rep 24/06/2018), Nepal plans to get set for India, China rail projects (kp 25/06/2018), Confusions galore: There has been an agreement on railway from China to Nepal, but there is lack of clarity on its execution (ht 25/06/2018)

China to extend railway link to Kathmandu, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 22/06/2018)

DoR starts construction of 10 railway tracks (ht 11/06/2018)

SC issues stay order on monorail project: The project will cover a length of 113 kilometres and comprise tunnels and bridges (ht 09/06/2018), SC stays IBN decision on performance bond for monorail firm (rep 26/06/2018), Who will build Kathmandu Monorail Project? (ht 27/06/2018), Off the rails: Concerned agencies should stop haggling and get the monorail project, which upon completion could revolutionise urban transport, back on track (ht 28/06/2018)

Pre-feasibility study of Ktm-Raxaul railway starts (ht 09/06/2018), India-led prelim study for Valley-Raxaul rail begins (kp 10/06/2018)

Province 3 government to conduct feasibility study for Gosainkunda cable car, by Himnath Devkota (rep 04/06/2018)

KMC signs MoU with China Railway for monorail feasibility study (kp 26/05/2018)

Operation of cable car feasible in Valley (ht 24/05/2018), Urban cable car: French Embassy submits feasibility report (kp 25/05/2018)

Kathmandu-Kyirong railway feasibility study kicks off: The estimated cost to build the project is about Rs 69 billion (ht 23/05/2018), Kerung-Kathmandu connectivity: Chinese team begins initial railway study, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 24/05/2018)

KMC to sign MoU on monorail with IBN today (ht 16/05/2018), KTM monorail plan thrown into doubt: The prospective developer of the $800 million monorail project failed to deposit the Rs100m performance guarantee (kp 17/05/2018)

India sends draft MoU for railway feasibility study: Two prime ministers agree to maintain momentum generated by Oli’s visit to India in April, by Anil Giri (kp 13/05/2018)

China to conduct feasibility study: Recent study says railway line possible, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 07/05/2018)

Government plans Lumbini monorail feasibility studies (kp 01/05/2018)

Nepali team in China to discuss rail from Kyirong to Kathmandu (ht 01/05/2018)

Cable car service likely in Shivapur hills: Shivapuri Eco-Tourism and Cable Car Ltd is seeking govt nod to start construction (rep 01/05/2018)

Lack of railway rakes delays transportation of goods, by Shankar Acharya (kp 30/04/2018), 1st cargo train arrives near Biratnagar: this is part of a trial to  create a second cargo train route linking nepal with india after Birgunj, by Madhav Ghimire (kp 30/04/2018)

IBN asked to prepare DFS of Nagdhunga-Dhulikhel metro rail (ht 30/04/2018)

Nepal’s Railway Dream and Rivalry, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 23/04/2018)

Feasibility study of Ktm-Birgunj electric railway soon (ht 21/04/2018)

Locomotive dreams: In the past, Nepal shunned the idea of developing a railway network and focused on roads instead, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 20/04/2018)

Metro Kathmandu: Only an underground metro system can alleviate transport issues without displacing natives or damaging heritage sites, by Binod L. Amatya (kp 19/04/2018)

Train of thought: Political considerations have lent their weight to the railway propositions rather than thorough appraisal and hard facts, by Ram Sharan Mahat (kp 17/04/2018)

India-Nepal railway study soon (kp 11/04/2018), India-Nepal rail diplomacy (nt 13/04/2018)

Fate of Valley's monorail project in limbo, by Umesh Poudel (ht 10/04/2018)

Barathwa-Biratnagar section of cross-border railway hits a snag, by Binod Subedi (rep 08/04/2018)

Rail line to Kathmandu among accords inked by Nepal, India, by Roshan Sedhai (rep 08/04/2018)

Nepal’s railway dream: Having rails is what we will have to strive for ultimately but at the moment it is important to make provisions to address the urgent needs of people, by Bandev Paudel (rep 29/03/2018)

Chinese rail to arrive in Nepal in five years, says minister (ht 26/03/2018)

Railway project stalls on land compensation row, by Dev Narayan Shah (kp 24/03/2018)

Survey of Rupaidiya-Kohalpur railway line begins, by Kamal Khatri (rep 15/03/2018)

KMC and Cimex to sign MoU for sky rail project (kp 10/03/2018), Detailed Project Report on monorail within a few days, says KMC Spokesperson Karki (ht 11/03/2018)

Delhi wants rail links with Kathmandu: Koshiyari; Says ties with India will improve during Oli’s tenure (kp 27/02/2018)

China to train Nepali engineers in rail technology: Nepal’s Department of Railways has a total of eight engineers, and not one of them is railway engineer (kp 17/02/2018)

Nepal-India passenger railway to resume in Oct, by Shyam Sundar Shashi (kp 12/02/2018)

Feasibility study of rail link to Birgunj to begin soon (ht 13/12/2017)

Banking on connectivity: Our collective prosperity depends on first turning our hard borders into soft ones, by Anil Chitrakar (nt 01/12/2017)

Chinese team to hold railway studies (kp 07/11/2017), Kathmandu-Kerung rail possible: Chinese team (kp 11/11/2017), 2 rail routes could be developed in Nepal, say Chinese experts, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 11/11/2017)

Developing rail link: Tall promise but little to show off. by Sanjeev Giri (kp 27/09/2017)

DPR of East-West Electric Rail by Nov 2018 (ht 25/09/2017)

Railway track almost ready, indecision will likely delay rails, by Santosh Neupane (rep 13/09/2017)

Nepal, China to expedite cross-border railway, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 08/09/2017)

Nepal-India railway project goes off track, by Lila Ballav Ghimire (kp 09/08/2017)

Operation of monorail possible in Valley: Study (ht 06/08/2017)

India starts paperwork for Sitamarhi-Janakpur railway line, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 06/08/2017)

DPR of East-West Railway project in 15 months (ht 29/07/2017)

EoI sought for feasibility study of rail link to Birgunj (ht 25/07/2017)

Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service to resume soon (ht 23/07/2017)

Kathmandu sky rail: Primary feasibility study report submitted to KMC (kp 19/07/2017), Pre-feasibility report on sky-rail presented to KMC (rep 19/07/2017)

Chugging back to life: Nepal revamps colonial era rail link (ht 16/06/2017)

“Nepal in talks with China to build $8 bln cross-border rail link” (ht 15/05/2017), China agrees to provide financial assistance for cross-border railway link, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 15/05/2017), Nepal proposes China for road, rail links (kp 16/05/2017), Nepal, China designate focal persons to expedite cross-border railway project, by Sangeet Sangroula (rep 16/05/2017), Train of thought: The train will bring cheap Chinese goods. But will we then send it back empty on its return leg?, by Gaurav Bhattarai (rep 16/05/2017)

Kathmandu needs metro rail: Its introduction is vital for environmental sustainability, economic viability and improved quality of life, by Binod L. Amatya (kp 04/04/2017)

Nepal seeks Chinese support for Rasuwa-Lumbini railway (ht 25/03/2017)

Plan afoot to construct monorail in Kathmandu: The Rs 50 billion project is estimated to cover 28.55 kilometres of Ring Road, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 23/02/2017)

India proposes Kathmandu to Delhi, Kolkata rail links (kp 20/02/2017)

MoU signed for feasibility study of sky rail in Capital, by Anup Ojha (kp 09/02/2017), Fast and luxurious: An elevated monorail is the best way to ease commute and relieve traffic congestion in Kathmandu, by DN Thapa (kp 12/02/2017)

A metro for the metro: The Valley needs an integrated transit system that comprises bus and rail systems, by Ashish Gajurel (kp 11/01/2017)

IBN to form body to study valley metro rail (kp 09/01/2017)

Kathmandu-Birgunj Railway Line: Railway department extends deadline of global tender (rep 03/01/2017)

House panel to govt: Begin work on railway plan: Minister Lekhak says talks are on with various govern-ments and private firms interested in the rail  network expansion project (kp 23/12/2016)

Jayanagar-Janakpur-Bardibas railway inspected (ht 20/12/2016)

Janakpur-Jayanagar railway service unlikely to resume by June, by Suresh Yadav (rep 08/12/2016)

Barahani-Kathmandu railway project: Railway Department yet to decide on India’s proposal (kp 24/11/2016)

Railway engines gathering dust, literally (kp 20/11/2016)

Kathmandu-Kerung railway: 4 Chinese companies interested in project (kp 09/10/2016)

India tables proposal to conduct survey for 2 cross-border railways, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 26/09/2016)

Chinese firms show interest in feasibility study of Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu railway (ht 12/08/2016)

Nepal-China railway ‘technologically and economically feasible’, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 06/08/2016)

Two Chinese companies keen to build rail network in Nepal, by Mukul Humagain and Anil Giri (kp 02/07/2016)

Kolkata-Jogbani railway of no use, say traders, by Binod Bhandari (kp 28/06/2016)

Feasibility study for railway projects in Nepal under way (ht 10/06/2016)

Feasibility study of Kathmandu-Birgunj railway: Surprise inclusion in budget 2016-17, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 05/06/2016)

Private sector seeks dedicated railway line (ht 05/06/2016)

Extending rail link to Nepal no big deal: Chinese experts, by Ashok Dahal (kp 03/06/2016)

Govt to relocate unused rail tracks (kp 25/05/2016)

Trans-Himalayan Railway, Fiction or Feasibility?, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 20/05/2016)

Nepal-China Trans-border Railways, by Lila Nyaichyai (rn 17/05/2016)

Call to scrap faulty railway tracks at Birgunj dry port, by Shankar Acharya (kp 04/04/2016)

Trans-Himalaya railway link to be explored, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 22/03/2016)

Broad gauge railway construction delayed (ht 20/01/2016)

KMC unveils plan to build a sustainable, resilient metro (kp 03/01/2016)

Kathmandu-Pokhara railway: Chinese firm to conduct feasibility study (kp 18/12/2015)

Government invites EoI for Railway DPR (ht 03/09/2015)

Trains wanted: An integrated transport system is crucial for the regeneration of Kathmandu, by Binod L. Amatya (kp 01/09/2015)

Rail network can be extended upto Kathmandu, say Chinese officials, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/07/2015)

Govt to conduct another feasibility study of railway line (ht 29/06/2015)

Report: China eyeing Tibet-Nepal railway (kp 10/04/2015)

China to extend railway link by 2020 (kp 02/04/2015)

Kathari to be linked by railways within a year, by Binod Bhandari (kp 09/01/2015)

‘Allocate sufficient budget for railway development’ (ht 06/01/2015)
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