Bihar – Nepal Rail links will be re-instated soon, this time with broad gauge track. The Train would ply between Bathnaha in Araria district and Biratnagar (Nepal) along 18 km rail route. This would be the only rail link between India and Nepal.
Work on the new rail line is being carried out and the train is likely to be flagged off in another 2 years. 5 km of the new rail line falls in India while the rest falls in Nepal. The whole project would cost Indian Railways Rs 248 crores.
Incidentally, it was the dream project of then Rail Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav who laid the foundation stone of the new line in 2007.
The railways also proposed to upgrade the Bathnaha railway station into a model station which will provide better amenities to commuters from across the border as well.