MORANG: The Biratnagar-Vathnah freight railway, which has reached the final stage of construction, will be operational soon, said officials. An 18.6 km long freight railway line is going to be put into operation between Biratnagar in Morang and Vathanah in India.
The Katihar Division Office of Indian Railways has agreed to complete the technical and administrative procedures between the governments of Nepal and India and bring the freight train into operation. Speaking at a meeting organized by the Industry. Organization, Morang, Indian Railways Division Office Manager SK Chaudhary said that final preparation is going on to operationalize the railway line.
“The construction of the railway has almost been completed. After the completion of the technical and administrative process between the government of Nepal and India, the freight train can be put into operation in 10 to 15 days,” he said. He said that after the construction of the repairing center, the process of adding new passenger trains for other places will proceed.
Suyash Pyakurel, president of Industry Organisation Morang, said that the re-routing of freight vehicles due to the obstruction at the Mirganj bridge will bring great relief when the freight train is put into operation. He said that the railway operation will be a milestone in the growth of trade between Nepal and India.
Mayor of Viratnagar Metropolitan City, Nagesh Koirala expressed commitment to extending full support to bring such a crucial cargo train into operation for the expansion of bi-lateral national trade. He also said that he will take the initiative to appraise this issue to the Prime Minister for faster technical and administrative procedures from the Nepal government.
Sharad Kumar Pokharel, Assistant Chief District Officer of Morang, said that the Morang administration would provide full support in resolving the obstacles encountered during the construction of the freight railway. During the discussion, Tara Prasad Sapkota, Chief of Biratnagar Customs, said that due to Mirgunj Bridge, import-export problems have also affected revenue collection, but now the customs will provide the necessary assistance to bring the cargo train into operation.
Roshan Kumar Dev, Engineer of the Railway Department of Nepal, said that the technical teams of both countries are preparing to put the Biratnagar-Vatnah cargo train into operation after completing other administrative procedures and testing the technical aspects of the under-construction project.
The senior vice president of the organization, Pradeep Murarka, said that they are going to build a tank at their own expense to store the raw materials required for the edible oil-producing industries in the region.