Kathmandu, January 23
The Cabinet meeting held on January 20 has allowed the NRC, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport to hire foreign skilled workers to operate the railway service.
However, the government has limited the number of foreign workers that the company can employ to 26 only. Meanwhile, the Department of Railways (DoRW), on July 28 last year, had asked the government to provide 200 technical and not-technical staffers to operate the railway service.
Earlier, the government had planned to operate the railway service from October last year but Nepal Railway Company was unable to avail the rail wagons on time to start operations.
Balaram Mishra, director general of DoRW, said the department plans to operate the railway service from March if everything goes according to plan. “We had placed an order for two wagons from a company in Chennai in India,” he said. “At present one wagon is already on its way to Nepal and the other is being assembled.”
Mishra informed that the first wagon will be delivered in February and service will begin from March.