Railway Nepal-India Progresses Slowly. Cross boarder railway project, which will be linked with the government’s East-West railway project via Itahari, requires around 42 bigha (27.7 hectares) of land at Budhnagar in Biratnagar Metropolitan City is in progress.
Most of the landowners have relinquished their property and accepted compensation extended by the government. Railway Nepal-India Progresses Slowly. The government has already acquired 119 bigha of land to build the railway line. It has, so far, distributed Rs 530 million in compensation to landowners who surrendered their property for construction of the railway project. The land was acquired at prices ranging from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2.5 million per kattha.
The proposed cross-border railway line stretches 18.1 km from Katahari in Nepal to Bathnaha in India. Of this railway track, 13.1 km falls in Nepal. This line stretches from Budhnagar to Katahari.
The track of 18.1-km railway line has already been opened. Indian Railway Construction International, the project contractor, has also completed works related to construction of culvert and bridges. Currently, a train station of 1,500 metres in length is also being built in Budhnagar. The estimated cost of Katahari-Bathnaha railway project stands at around Rs2.8 billion.
Construction of cross-border broad gauge railway line from Katahari in the eastern Nepali district of Morang and Bathnaha in the Indian state of Bihar has come to a halt recently.