NEW DELHI: India is pushing for better land connectivity with neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh for effective sub-regional cooperation despite the obstacles created by the absence of SAARC Motor Vehicles and Railways Agreements. In what would be first of its kind, India has expressed interest to link Kathmandu with Delhi and Kolkata, using direct railway lines in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate people movement between the two countries.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced this during a trip to Kathmandu recently. Besides, the Modi Government ahead of PM Sheikh Hasina’s proposed visit to India either March-end or early-April has asked the State-owned Container Corporation of India (Concor) to explore ways to run a cargo train to Bangladesh with an aim to enhance bilateral trade.
“These two railway tracks (Delhi-Kathmandu & Kolkata-Kathmandu) must be built soon to increase Nepal’s connectivity with India,” Prabhu said while delivering a keynote speech at the Nepal Infrastructure Summit 2017.”