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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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Nepal, Bangladesh sign MoU on energy cooperation

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding for power sector cooperation for intensifying the bilateral engagements for power sector development.

Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun and his Bangladeshi counterpart Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid have signed the agreement amid a function here in Kathmandu on Friday.

Nepal has identified Bangladesh as a prospective market for hydroelectricity, which is a clean and renewable source of energy.

Nepal then had started talking with Bangladesh on bilateral energy cooperation since the power trade agreement (PTA) was signed with India in 2014.

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Nepal and Bangladesh, after the ‘SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)’ among the SAARC member states in November 2014, have seen the prospects of bilateral power cooperation.

But, to execute power trade and power cooperation between the two nations, Nepal and Bangladesh need to hold talks with India as there is power trade between Nepal and India, and also Bangladesh and India.

Bangladesh will require around 34,000 megawatts of power by 2030 to sustain the high economic growth of above seven per cent.

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