The Department of Railways will talk with a South Korean company for feasibility study of electric train from Birgunj to Kathmandu.
The department had invited bids on November 30, 2017 for feasibility study. Fifteen companies had submitted bid documents.
The department will start negotiation with the Korean company among them. “We have invited them for negotiation in the third week of April. The process for agreement will move forward if the meeting is positive,” information officer at the department Prakash Bhakta Upadhyay said.
The selected company will have to complete feasibility study within six months. The government is getting the feasibility study done with its own resources.
Nepal and India have agreed to develop Raxaul-Kathmandu electric railway with Indian assistance during the recent India visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The joint statement by the two countries had mentioned that feasibility study for the railway will be completed within a year.
Upadhyay said the feasibility study to be done by the department will help the railway to be developed with Indian assistance. “We can submit the study done by us. This will help in the study by the Indian assistance,” he added.