Nepal, China sign agreement to take ahead Beijing’s railway extension plan

Chinese authorities plan to extend their network from Shigatse to Kerung, the Chinese port located closest to the border, within five years.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (left) with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(AFP)
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli (left) with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 08:47 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Kathmandu | ByAnil Giri

Nepal and China on Thursday signed an agreement on conducting a feasibility study for extending the Chinese railway network to Kathmandu during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s official visit to Beijing.

India had recently announced it too will expand its railway network from Raxaul to Kathmandu. It also said it would complete the construction within five years after completing the survey within a year.

Chinese authorities plan to extend their network from Shigatse to Kerung, the Chinese port located closest to the border, within five years.

Nepal and China had agreed in principle to expand the railway network beyond the border during a visit by Oli in 2016. According to the agreement finalised on Thursday, the link will be for electric cargo trains and not passenger trains.

Nepal’s minister for physical infrastructure and transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, and his Chinese counterpart Li Xiaopeng signed the MoU on conducting the feasibility study for the cross-border railway link. The cost of the survey will be borne by the Chinese side.

Chinese railway authorities will conduct a pre-feasibility study by August and prepare the detailed project report in another two years. The construction of the project will be completed in five years.

The Chinese side has communicated that its railway network will reach the area near the Nepal border by 2022. According to an estimate, the length of the Kerung-Kathmandu railway link will be 121.5 km.

Following delegation-level talks between Oli and Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People, the two sides signed 14 different agreements, including one on constructing a railway network in Nepal based on the trade and transit agreement inked two years ago.

Mahaseth and Li signed a protocol on the use of highways in Tibet Autonomous Region by Nepal for transporting cargo. Nepal can use the Tibetan highways to ferry goods to its northern belt located in difficult terrain to ferry from various cities and trading points.

Other MoUs covered investments and cooperation in production between China’s National Development and Reforms Commission and Nepal’s National Planning Commission, reconstruction of bridges at Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi that were damaged by the 2015 earthquakes, establishment of a mechanism for the implementation of China-Nepal cooperation programmes and projects in Nepal, energy cooperation, the Nuwakot Palace restoration project, and the public schools recovery project in Rasuwa, Dolakha and Sindhupalchowk.

Nepal and China also agreed to strengthen people-to-people contacts, partnership in the tourism sector, socio-cultural exchanges and coordination on key global issues.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov. (Photo by MAXIM SHEMETOV/POOL/AFP)

    ‘Won’t simply put up with…': Russia’s warning amid NATO’s Nordic expansion

    According to an AFP report, Swedish public support for NATO membership has risen to nearly 50 per cent in the aftermath of the Ukraine war. The situation is the same in Finland, with the AFP report revealing that the number of Finns who want to join NATO has climbed to more than three-quarters - almost triple the level before the Ukraine war.

  • The list is by far the biggest to emerge to date with the names of imprisoned Uyghurs.

    China's Uyghur county has highest prison rate in the world

    Nearly one in 25 people in a county in the Uyghur heartland of China has been sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges, in what is the highest known imprisonment rate in the world, an Associated Press review of leaked data shows. A list obtained and partially verified by the AP cites the names of more than 10,000 Uyghurs sent to prison in just Konasheher county alone, one of dozens in southern Xinjiang.

  • A delivery worker rides a motorcycle rides along a near-empty road during a lockdown due to Covid-19 in Shanghai, China, on Monday. (Bloomberg)

    China: Shanghai likely to reopen on June 1 with Covid-19 spread curbed

    Shanghai will reopen gradually and resume “normal life” from June 1 after stamping out its Covid-19 infections from 15 of its 16 districts, a city official said on Monday, releasing a staggered timetable for lifting the current lockdown over the next two weeks. “Shanghai has planned its epidemic control work for the coming period, dividing it into three stages,” deputy mayor Zong Ming said. “Low social movement” will mark the initial period of opening up.

  • Local residents walk along a flooded area after Ukrainian military forces opened a dam to flood a residential area in order to stop the advance of Russian forces to arrive to the capital city of Kyiv, in Demydiv, Ukraine, May, 15, 2022. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

    How intentional flooding saved Ukrainian village from Russian occupation

    Ukrainian forces opened a dam early in the war in Demydiv, causing the Irpin River to flood the village and thousands of acres around. The move has since been credited with stopping Russian soldiers and tanks from breaking through Ukraine's lines.

  • Anti-government demonstrators shout slogans near the Presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (File image)

    Sri Lanka imposes nine-hour nationwide curfew amid protests: Report

    The Sri Lankan government on Monday imposed a nine-hour curfew amid continued unrest in the island nation. According to reports from local media, the curfew will be imposed from 8pm Monday and remain in force till 5am Tuesday. The announcement came a day after Sri Lanka said more than 200 people were arrested on various charges, including violation of curfew, attacking the public and causing damage to public and private properties.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, May 16, 2022