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Nepal to use standard gauge for its railway

Staff Writer |
Nepal has chosen a railway-track gauge used by China for its network and not the main one India uses citing lower costs.

Nepal says the Chinese railway link will eventually be extended to the western tourist city of Pokhara and to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, near the border with India on the southern plains.

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth told Reuters in an interview the government will ask India to use the standard gauge on the line it is building.

“Standard gauge is less expensive and is used in many countries,” Mahaseth said.

The planned 130-km (80 mile) line from Raxaul to Kathmandu will be the second rail track in the landlocked, mountainous country between India and China.

Nepal’s only railway link, a 35 km (22 miles) track in its southern plains also built by India, is broad gauge.

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