Chinese experts arrive in Kathmandu for feasibility study of the China-Nepal cross-border railway
Published: Dec 28, 2022 12:13 PM Updated: Dec 28, 2022 12:00 PM
China Nepal Photo:VCG

China Nepal Photo:VCG

Chinese experts arrived in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on Tuesday for feasibility study of the China-Nepal cross-border railway, a move described by the Nepalese side as a new step for the project, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The six-member team was greeted at the airport by Wang Xin, charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embas-sy in Nepal, and Aman Chitrakar, spokesperson for Nepal's Department of Railways.

"Chinese expert team has arrived for the feasibility study of the China-Nepal railway and we must say that we have taken a new step for our feasibility work," said Chitrakar.

"China has achieved progress in railways," he said, "And this project is definitely not easy for us, there are many technical challenges, but if we look at their expertise and technological advancement they have achieved so far, we're confident that this project will be successful, and Nepal and China will become closer with the railway."

The feasibility study of the cross-border railway, which links the Chinese border town of Kerung with Kathmandu, shall be conducted by China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Co.

"As the first batch of experts, our arrival in Kathmandu marks new progress in the feasibility study project," according to Feng Dequan, team leader of the feasibility study project.

Noting that the cross-border railway project crosses the Himalayas where terrain and geological condi-tions are extremely complex, Feng described it as a project with "world-class engineering difficulties."

"We will make full use of China's advanced technology and rich experience in building railways in difficult and complex mountainous and plateau areas, closely cooperate with top scientific research institutions in China and Nepal, and work together with Nepalese engineers to overcome difficulties and carry out the technical research work well for the project," Feng said.

Previously, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced in August that Chinese financial aid for Nepal will be used to support the feasibility study of the China-Nepal cross-border railway, and China will send experts to Nepal to conduct on-the-ground survey within this year.

The proposal for the China-Nepal railway was made in 2016 and the railway will link Xigaze in Southwest China's Xizang Autonomous Region and Kathmandu.

In an exclusive interview with the Global Times in September, Nepalese Ambassador to China Bishnu Pukar Shrestha said the China-Nepal railway project is a way to the prosperity and it can be a project of the century for Nepal.

Global Times