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Rs. 2.38 billion railway project in limbo


MORANG: The railway project being constructed with Indian economic cooperation of Rs. 2.38 billion is now in limbo.
The works are halted as locals of Katahari VDC of Morang pressured for reevaluation saying there is discrimination in distribution of land compensation in the works of expansion of broad-gauge railway line from Jogbani, India to Biratnagar.
The Railway and Metro Development Project is feared of being left in the lurch due to local obstruction.
CDO of Morang and Convenor of the Compensation Fixation Committee Ganesh Raj Karki said there is no condition of giving compensation by reevaluating the land.
Reevaluation Struggle Committee Chairman Kishor Kumar Majhi said they urged for reevaluation as they were not satisfied with the compensation to be given by the government.
Rs. 200,000 to Rs. 400,000 has been distributed per kattha of land, the committee said. The government has acquired 119 bighas of land from 565 people in Budhanagar, Biratnagar and Katahari to expand the railway.
Rs. 95.9 million is yet to be distributed as compensation. Indian government has started simultaneously works from Bathnaha of Bihar to Biratnagar. And, there is 13 km from Jogbani to Katahari bordering Biratnagar. It is five km from Jogbani to Bathnaha in Indian side.
Works of filling earth, building bridges and culverts have been completed in nine km out of 13 km in Nepal side. In the rest four km, works could not move ahead due to dispute of compensation.

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