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From Railway Gazette:

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/...i-electric-railway-construction-launched.html

Mechi - Mahakali Electric Railway construction launched
19 Jun 2014


Minister for Physical Planning & Transport Bimalendra Nidhi laid a foundation stone to launch construction of the Mechi - Mahakali Electric Railway Project on June 15


Nidhi said he was ‘grateful to all the political parties for reflecting a sense of shared ownership for this national pride project’

NEPAL: Minister for Physical Planning & Transport Bimalendra Nidhi laid a foundation stone to officially launch construction of the Mechi – Mahakali Electric Railway Project on June 15.

The 108 km first phase of the planned 945 km east–west line will run from Simara to Bardibas. Agreement to build the first 5 km within two years were signed with contractors in December, but the start of work was delayed while compensation for landowners was finalised. Two further construction packages covering 65 km and 28 km sections are to be tendered shortly.

The line is described as ‘the first railway project initiated by the Nepalese government in the history of Nepal’. At present the country’s only railways are a 762 mm gauge cross-border line from India, and short broad gauge spur over the border into Sirsiya Inland Container Depot.

Nidhi said he was ‘grateful to all the political parties for reflecting a sense of shared ownership for this national pride project’, and urged landowners not to create problems over compensation, saying the government is ready to provide the legally- required amounts.

‘We need to recognise that it’s the right to development that translates democracy from thin paper to thick action’, he said. ‘The railway will play an essential part in the development of Nepal and act as a catalyst of socioeconomic change.’
 

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Very crazy idea, I don't believe that it would happen. Would you?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/20...unnel-under-mount-everest-state-media-reports

China may build rail tunnel under Mount Everest, state media reports
Thursday 9 April 2015 06.56 BST



Construction project is believed to be under consideration and is part of proposed extension to link China with Nepal by rail

China is considering extending a railway line linking the country to Nepal via a tunnel under Mount Everest, according to Chinese state media.

The proposal is the latest in a series of ambitious rail schemes Beijing is reportedly examining. It comes amid scepticism about whether some of the projects will ever get off the ground and at a time of a growing Chinese presence in Nepal, which has caused some concern in rival regional power India.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway already links the rest of China with the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, and beyond, and an extension running as far as the international border is already being planned “at Nepal’s request”, the China Daily quoted a railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering as saying

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Nepali delegation sets out for China to discuss cross-border railway

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/29/c_137145903.htm

KATHMANDU, April 29 (Xinhua) -- A high-level Nepali government delegation has left for China to discuss cross-border railway construction between the two countries, an official of Nepal' Department of Railway (DoR) said.

The delegation led by Secretary of Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Madhusudan Adhhikari left for China on Saturday and will discuss expanding Chinese railway to Nepal's capital Kathmandu through Chinese border town of Kerung, and Chinese cooperation in the areas of human resource development related to railway, Kiran Karki, engineer at the DoR, told Xinhua on Sunday.

The Nepali government delegation is visiting China after Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali discussed cross-border railway development among others during his visit to China earlier this month.

The Nepali government has identified a cross-border railway project connecting Kerung and Kathmandu as one of the potential projects to be developed under the Belt and Road Initiative.
 

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Nepali team in China to discuss rail from Kyirong to Kathmandu

https://thehimalayantimes.com/busin...na-to-discuss-rail-from-kyirong-to-kathmandu/

A high-level delegation from Nepal is in China to hold discussions on Kathmandu-Kyirong railway project.


The seven-day visit by the Nepali team follows a similar visit by the high-level Chinese officials.

Madhusudan Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT), is leading a six-member team that left for China on Saturday. The other members of the high-level team include Ananta Acharya, director general of Department of Railways (DoRW); Prakash Bhakta Upadhyaya, senior divisional engineer and spokesperson of DoRW; two joint secretaries from MoPIT and one representative from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Before leaving for the trip, Adhikari informed that the team will hold talks on 75-kilometre-long Kathmandu-Kyirong railway project and hinted at the possibility of also discussing the processes for construction modality.

After the field study in November, the Chinese technical team led by Jhang Lee Yang, deputy administrator of National Railway Administration, had suggested that the project was technically feasible.

“The Chinese team had expressed their willingness to help construct the project after the study determined its feasibility,” said Adhikari.

Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, during his visit to the northern neighbour last week, had signed an agreement with the Chinese railways authorities to conduct the detailed feasibility study (DFS) utilising the Chinese support.

Adhikari also stated that the discussion will also include financial management and operation modality of the railway project.

Meanwhile, the Chinese railway authorities have already conducted pre-feasibility study of the Kathmandu-Kyirong railway project and they have estimated it would cost about Rs 69 billion to build the project.

“We have also done the necessary homework to discuss the financial and technical aspects of the project with the Chinese authorities during our visit,” Adhikari stated.

The planned railway network from China has currently reached Shigatse, the Tibetan autonomous region and it is expected to reach Kyirong by 2022. Kyirong is located at a distance of 540 kilometres from Shigatse.

Adhikari also said that the Nepali team would also explore the possibility of initiating the construction works of the railway from Nepal side so that it can be linked to the railway in Kyirong when the Chinese rail network reaches there. “We believe doing so would also be more cost-effective,” said Adhikari, adding that the ball is nevertheless in the court of China.

The Kathmandu-Kyirong railway will be linked to Nepal’s East-West railway network. The 945-km-long railway network has been divided into nine sections, with each section in different phases of being constructed. According to DoRW, among the nine sections, the detailed project report of Chormara of Nawalparasi to Butwal has already been prepared.

DoRW Spokesperson Upadhyaya said the railway project is no longer a pipe-dream as the country has now embarked on a stable path. Stating that the Chinese authorities had expressed worries related to unstable political scenario in the country, he further said the foreign affairs minister had inked the agreement last week to assuage the Chinese officials.
 

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https://www.railjournal.com/index.p...an-trans-himalayan-rail-link.html?channel=000


A memorandum of understanding on the construction of a rail link between Tibet and Nepal was signed in Beijing on June 21 by China’s president, Mr Xi Jinping, and Nepalese prime minister Mr Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli.

The link would be a continuation of the line between Tibet’s capital Lhasa and second city Xigaze, which was completed in 2014.

In 2015 Chinese officials said the line would be extended 540km from Xigaze to Gyirong, 35km from the Nepalese border, by 2020.

According to China’s deputy foreign minister, Mr Kong Xuanyou, the 150km Kyirong - Kathmandu section would be routed via the Rasuwagadhi border crossing. The line is expected to open by 2025.
 

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Nepal, China agree on rail study

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-08-24/nepal-china-agree-on-rail-study.html

Aug 24, 2018-Nepal and China have agreed on the technical details of the Kathmandu-Kerung railway line, and will soon begin the process of preparing a detailed report for what has been touted as one of the most challenging projects, even for the northern neighbour that has mastered advanced railway engineering.

Government officials who returned to Kathmandu after a week-long visit to the Chinese north-central city of Xi’an told the Post that the two sides have reached a mutual agreement over the technical study conducted by China Railway First Survey and Design Institute.

“The governments of Nepal and China have given a green light following the outcome of the technical study,” Department of Railways (DoR) Director General Ananta Acharya told the Post.

Acharya said a team from the Chinese side would visit Nepal before November this year for further discussions, during which both sides are expected to reach an agreement on preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the multi-billion rail project.

Before that, the Nepali team in Xi’an, led by the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Secretary Madhusudhan Adhikari, will update government officials and the line ministry about the findings of the report. The proposal from the Chinese side will then be taken to the top political leadership, including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

Because the governments of both countries have agreed on the technical aspects of the project, officials said the process for the development of DPR would be expedited.

“It will take around one and a half year to complete DPR,” Acharya said, adding that the report will provide a detailed account of the construction plan as well as the project cost.

Preliminary study suggests the cross-border project is estimated to cost Rs257 billion. It will take around nine years for the project to complete.

There has been one change in the construction plan for the project. The railway station in Kathmandu, which was previously supposed to be built in Manamaiju, has been altered according to the officials involved in the technical assessment. The Chinese side, based on the technical study, has recommended that the railway station in Kathmandu should be situated in Sankhu, which would shorten the total distance of the railway line. Officials say the new station area is also expected to be more feasible for the development of a railway platform.

According to a senior official at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Management, the railway line from Kerung will pass through the Langtang region bordering the Chinese territory, into Tibet and then Melamchi before terminating at Sankhu in Kathmandu. The total of the railway line inside the Nepali territory is expected to measure about 72.25km, the official said.

A copy of the technical report obtained by the Post last week states that the railway line will need construction of ramps along the northern slopes leading to Lake Paiku, near Kerung, to connect the tracks to the Kathmandu section.

The goals of the ramps would be to overcome the huge difference in elevation between the southern and northern toes of the Himalayan mountains.

Because of the severe topographical issues of the proposed line, the speed of rail connecting Nepal with China will be set at less than 100km per hour. The railway track will be initially used for hauling cargo and will be gradually upgraded into a passenger transit system.

Because at least 98.5 percent of the rail will be within either a tunnel or a bridge, the passenger rail will be oxygenated. There will be four stations planned along the railway line.

Nepali authorities who returned from Xi’an say that factors like high gradient, steep-slope, complex geographical terrain, and seismic vulnerability at numerous locations demand frequent drilling in several parts of the rail route during the construction phase.

Though the government team refused to disclose details on financial modality and project financing, a senior Transport Ministry official told the Post that the Chinese side has hinted that it would extend loan support for financing the project. The Nepali side, however, is rooting for a grant or partial grant agreement.

But technical experts with the knowledge of the project say that Nepali government does not need any monetary assistance to fund the project.
 

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Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks

The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come.

New shiny rails connecting the 34 kilometers (21 miles) between Janakpur in southeastern Nepal and Jay Nagar in the Indian state of Bihar are raising hopes for more business and pilgrimages.

The railway is India's latest bid to keep its foothold in South Asia, a traditional sphere of influence, as China spends billions on its massive Belt and Road Initiative, an infrastructure project that aims to expand trade across a vast arc of 65 countries from the South Pacific to Africa and Europe.

Biswombar Sah, a 62-year-old farmer, is among hundreds of people in Janakpur visiting the still-under-construction rail station daily to check on its progress as workers polish the marble floors, lay tiles on the platform and paint local art on the walls of the waiting room.

"These train tracks are the best thing to happen to us in a very long time. We are all thrilled about getting a modern train that will make travel so much easier and cheaper," Sah said.

Once the new $80 million rail line begins operations, plans call for extending the railway deeper into Nepal.
 

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Nepal to use Chinese gauge for its railway, not the one India uses
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KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has chosen a railway-track gauge used by China for its network and not the main one India uses citing lower costs, a minister said on Tuesday, a setback for India as it tries to limit Chinese involvement in the Himalayan country.

Last year, India proposed laying a broad-gauge (1,676 mm) rail link from its border town of Raxaul to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, spurred by China’s plans to extend its standard gauge, or 1,435 mm measure, line from Tibet to the city.

Nepal says the Chinese railway link will eventually be extended to the western tourist city of Pokhara and to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, near the border with India on the southern plains.

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth told Reuters in an interview the government will ask India to use the standard gauge on the line it is building.

More : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-railway-not-the-one-india-uses-idUSKCN1QM16Y
 

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Big, but it really only makes sense to build standard gauge railways.
 
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