As Nepal’s new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for a four-day visit, India announced that it would help the Himalayan country build railway tracks, stretching from Mechi in east Nepal to Mahakali in the west.
A senior official of the Indian Railways said that New Delhi selected the Mechi-Mahakali route as the project runs parallel to the land-locked country’s 1,030km east-west highway. “The plan is to push forward immediately with this project. It’s a big development project,” added the official. Currently, Nepal has only one short rail line from Janakpur to Jaynagar on the Indian border.
Meanwhile, Dahal, alias Prachanda, told the Indian media that the main purpose of his visit is to remove the bitterness, as the Indo-Nepal ties have deteriorated in recent times. Speaking at a media conference upon his arrival in the Indian capital, the former Maoist rebel commander stressed that he selected India as his first foreign stop because he wanted to rebalance bilateral ties.