Works on expansion of the only railway of the country, the Janakpur-Jayanagar Railway, will likely start from the first week of January 2014.
The railway track expansion works would begin from Inarwa VDC near the Nepal-India border in Dhanusha district.
Filling and bridge construction works would be carried out in the beginning, it is stated. Survey for the track expansion works has been carried out twice and distribution of compensation for land required for the expansion project has completed 90 per cent in Dhanusha and 60 per cent in Mahottari, said Tekraj Bohara, Chief of the Janakpur-Jayanagar-Bardibas Broad Gauge Railway Construction Site Office, Janakpur.
Bohara said the works would start from the first week of January next year if the government extends cooperation providing concession to the Indian contractor on customs duty on the import of construction materials. He said a letter has been sent to the Finance Ministry in this connection.
The railway expansion work is being carried out from Janakpur to Bardibas in Mahottari district with the assistance of the Government of India. An Indian construction company has been awarded the contract for the expansion works and it is required to conclude the project in two years.
The railway expansion project is being carried out as per an agreement reached between the governments of Nepal and India in February 2010.