KATHMANDU, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Indian Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Sunday expressed interest to establish railway connectivity between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and India's capital New Delhi and Kolkata.
Prabhu said at the "Nepal Infrastructure Summit 2017" being held in Kathmandu that these two railways should be built to enhance cross-border connectivity between the two countries, adding that he would give focus on building such networks.
Kolkata, the old capital of India, is the main transit point for Nepal's third country trade, with which Nepal has railway connectivity for the cargo service currently but not the passenger movement.
Nepal and India have already signed agreements to develop five short cross-border railway links in 2011.
India has also proposed for building another two cross-border railways -- one connecting Kathmandu with Barahani in Uttar Pradesh, India's Northern state and another Kapilvastu, Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha in Nepal and Kushinagar of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the two-day summit, Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal invited foreign investors to make investment on infrastructures.