Railway Board Commissions Survey to lay India-Bhutan rail link

The Railway Board has commissioned a survey to establish the Mujnai – Nyoenpaling line that will provide a cross-border rail link between India and Bhutan, an official statement said yesterday (Friday, 28th February 2020).

Minister of Railways, and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal is in Bhutan, heading a business delegation in connection with the Bhutan – India Start-Up Summit 2020.

The commerce ministry said a team from Indian Railways will visit the neighbouring country today (Saturday, 29th February 2020) to hold discussions with the State Mining Corporation of Bhutan on finalising an MoU for export of railway ballast from Bhutan to India.

The two sides will also discuss designation and notification of new transit customs stations at Jogighopa, Pandu and Agartala. An agreement on making the land customs station at Nagarkatta as a permanent customs station was also discussed.

Prominent business personalities, think tanks and academics will ideate, debate and collaborate on the identified themes during Start-Up Summit in Bhutan today with an objective to forge stronger future business engagement across all sectors.

Goyal will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of the summit, and also inaugurate an exhibition of 30 start-ups from India and Bhutan together with the Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.

India and Bhutan share a special and time-tested partnership, anchored in mutual understanding and respect and reinforced by a shared cultural heritage and strong people to people links. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s State Visit to Bhutan in August 2019 provided fresh momentum to further deepen and diversify the partnership into mutually beneficial areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Shri Piyush Goyal yesterday, called on His Majesty The King of Bhutan in Thimphu, aside from a call-on the Prime Minister of Bhutan and a meeting with the Minister of Economic Affairs of Bhutan.

The high-level business delegation from India led by Shri Vikram Kirloskar, President, CII & including Shri Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman CII; Shri Chandrajit Banerjee, DG CII; and Shri Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO of OYO, among others, joined the Minister during the calls-on/meetings to chart new pathways for the India Bhutan economic partnership.