Nepal’s government is in discussions with China about the development a new rail link to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
China’s Xinhua news agency reports that Nepal wants a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Rasuwgadhi-Lumbini railway line within the next two years.
This line would stretch across the country from the border with Tibet, through the capital Kathmandu and the tourist city of Pokhara, before ending in Lumbini, which lies close to the Indian border.
China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) is now planning to conduct a study for the project.
Nepal currently only has functioning Nepalese passenger railway – a 59km stretch of track that runs from Janakpur to the Indian border. The capital Kathmandu does not have any railway services.