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Kathmandu-Kerung railway feasibility study begins

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KATHMANDU — The joint study team of the 75-kilometre-long Kathmandu-Kerung railway has started feasibility study from Tuesday.

The comprises eight Chinese officials from China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group, officials and engineers from the Department of Railways (DoRW) and local consultant.

The eight officials including five engineers from the Chinese company arrived in the Capital on Monday for the study,according to Prakash Bhakta Upadhyaya, spokesperson for DoRW.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had signed an agreement with the Chinese railways authorities to conduct the detailed feasibility study (DFS) utilising the Chinese support during his visit to the northern neighbour in April.

A Chinese technical team, led by Jhang Lee Yang, deputy administrator of National Railway Administration, had conducted a field study in November last year and suggested that the project was technically feasible.

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Rolpa begins hair oil production

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ROLPA— A factory established in Sulichaur, the eastern belt in Rolpa district, has started the production of hair oil through processing of medicinal herbs available in the locality.

Established with the investment of Rs 15 million, a total of 35 people have been employed, proprietor of the industry Tek Bahadur Ghartimagar said.

According to Ghartimagar, the productions of the company are exported to the bigger cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other market areas, as they are not sold in the local market due to higher prices.

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He said that cinnamon, bay leaf (Cinnamomum tamala), Calamus (Acorus Calamus), muskroot and many other locally available herbs are processed to produce the hair oil.

He also said that the local farmers are also encouraged to produce grass and herbs to avert the crisis of the raw materials as the materials produced in community forests and private forests could not meet the demand for raw materials.

Ghartimagar is of the view that the income of the community forests could be increased by doing farming of the medicinal herbs. “It would increase the income of community forests and also ensures sustainability of the industries,” he adds.

Rolpa is considered as a good source of many medicinal herbs where the local residents are making good income from the sale of the products. However, some herbs are yet to be identified despite their high values.

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