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Why few Indian neighbour countries are not connected with Railway?  
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Jul 19 (22:40)
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Softwares Cafe^~
Why few Indian neighbour countries are not connected with Railway?

Jul 19 (13:09)
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HOG WAM4 WAP1~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:40)
Pakistan and Bangladesh were just parts of British India before partition. So the British constructed a lot of railway lines to these regions and there was a large flow of passenger and freight traffic at that time. Whatever lines we have now to these countries, were laid decades ago before independence. Just to maintain some connectivity, some of these lines have been reopened now.
Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, were different.
Sri Lanka is an island, requiring a 30-35km long bridge over the the Bay of Bengal to get a
rail connection. This was in fact surveyed by the British, but there realized that it was uneconomical and that boat ferries would do a better job. Also, the bridge would severely affect the movement of ships and interfere with the marine life movement in the area. Now, it is an unnecessary expenditure as the flow of traffic between Sri Lanka and India isn't much. Freight is better served by ships and passengers by flights.
Bhutan was never directly ruled by the British. So historically, there wasn't much flow of traffic between Bhutan and British India. The country is also entirely hilly, making railways a very difficult proposition. That's why there were no historical rail connections. Even now, the expenditure in laying a railway line to Bhutan would be enormous considering the tunnels, cuttings and viaducts required to cross the mountains. This again, is unnecessary considering the low amount of traffic.So, no serious interest from both governments.

Jul 19 (13:15)
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HOG WAM4 WAP1~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:41)
Nepal too, was never ruled by the British. However, Nepal's rulers were pro-British, and received a lot of assistance from them (Though they did have some wars initially).
As a result, there used to be 2 major lines connecting Nepal and India. An NG line from Jaynagar (in India) and an MG line from Raxaul. The MG from Raxaul fell into disuse in the 70's. The NG line from Jaynagar used to operate until recently and is now being replaced with a BG line.
As Nepal
was a completely land-locked country without little scope for industrial traffic, these NG and MG lines were sufficient for the traffic in those days. So, no major railway connections were ever developed. But with Nepal becoming strategically important due to China's growing influence, a proer BG connection is now in progress.

Jul 19 (13:22)
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HOG WAM4 WAP1~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:41)
Myanmar is a more interesting case. It was also a British colony and was at one time ruled as a part of British India. All pre-independence Railway board reports also contain information about railways in Myanmar( then Burma). And works were started at one time, to connect the Indian subcontinent with Myanmar with an MG line.
India's eastern border with Myanmar is completely hilly, with a very extreme terrain.This makes running any railway lines through Nagaland, Manipur or Mizoram essentially impossible.
The only possible route is through Bangladesh. The construction of a
railway line from Chittagong (now in Bangladesh) was started at one time to connect to Myanmar. With this route, passengers would have been able to travel through Calcutta or any of the numerous meter gauge routes in Assam/West Bengal to the Western bank of the Padma river near Dhaka, take a ferry to Dhaka and then take a meter gauge train to go to Myanmar through Chittagong.
However, when this project was progressing, the world wars broke out and construction was put on hold. After the end of WW2, before construction could resume, India was partitioned and Dhaka/Chittagong went to Bangladesh, which meant a direct rail connection from India was no longer possible.
Even though we have the necessary technology now, constructing a railway line through the extreme hilly terrain of the north-eastern states to Myanmar will be an unreasonably costly venture with little to no benefits. So, it is not being pursued.

Jul 19 (13:37)
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rajeshrajkot~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:41)
in fact, i recently visited Janakpur in Nepal and i could see the tracks - complete in all aspects - passing in the centre of the town. on enquiring, came to know that this line has been laid by India and connects Jainagar in Bihar with Janakpur in Nepal. Even though everything seemed ready, including the level crossings and signals and all, why the services have not started was puzzling. Residents of Janakpur town in Nepal were heavily dependent of the MG line to Jaynagar - Bihar and are eagerly awaiting the commencement of services on this newly laid BG line between Janakpur and Jainagar.

Jul 19 (17:30)
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Softwares Cafe^~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:42)
Agar sri lanka wala connection ho jae to tourism industry udhar 200-300% badh jaegi
But both nation govt is not interested
But its high time really that both India-Sri join hand for construction of Dhanushkodi-Talaimannar rail projects..
PM visited SL
I was thinking same will be raise but nothing
I think it is bcoz that sri lanka will not invest so much money in the project bcoz of less profit
But India also don't want to invest in it bcoz its very costly and time taking and also civil war of SL and Tamils
Politics also involved in this
No one interested but if it really construct it will be a boom boom for tourism
12K ki flight ki jagah via train 2-3K me aana jana hoga to surely tourism badhega and trade

Jul 19 (17:30)
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Softwares Cafe^~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:42)
For bhutan, they were planning but for that sikkim to be connected and for sikkim the construction is going on
Hope for best

Jul 19 (17:32)
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Softwares Cafe^~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:42)
For myanmar there is international cargo corridor is plan from thaliand to europe via mayanmar-india-pak etc
But for that 1. India to connect its 7 sister states and near by states of myanmar from India side
Agartala pahuch gae h kohima b pahuch jaenge uske baad myanmar se connection krenge
Myanmar BG hoga fir uske baad international corridor banega
china ne banaya h Siberian hote hue

Jul 19 (17:45)
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Softwares Cafe^~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:42)
India-Sri Lanka..
Modi ji for
Reopening in Thalaimannar Pier
The entire line was completed up to Talaimannar on 2015. The Indian Railway Construction Company Limited (IRCON) carried out the construction work of both stages
of the project which was financed under a US$425 million credit facility from India. The reconstructed railway line was commissioned by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 14, 2015

Jul 19 (17:48)
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Softwares Cafe^~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 19 (22:43)
The Boat Mail or Indo-Ceylon Express was a combined train and steamer ferry service between India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Connecting Chennai and Colombo, the system initially utilised a rail-to-sea operation, but changed to a rail-to-sea-to-rail operation.[1] Passengers could buy a single ticket for the journey
In 1964 a passenger train was washed into the sea by huge waves during the 1964 cyclone, when nearing Dhanushkodi. The railway tracks and the pier at Dhanushkodi were also destroyed. Following this, the Indian portion of the train service now only operates up to Rameswaram

Jul 20 (00:49)
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HOG WAM4 WAP1~   Added by: Softwares Cafe^~  Jul 20 (01:09)
Right now, a direct rail link to Afghanistan is not feasible, as it has to pass either through Pakistan or PoK.
While India does share a border with Afghanistan in the disputed PoK region, it is virtually impossible to construct any economical railway lines in the area. The entire PoK region (for hundreds of kilometers) is hilly and is home to some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas.
Any railway project here will be ridiculously costly. For comparison, the Jammu-Baramulla line, which only has one short section cutting through the
lower Himalayas, is now costing us over 25000 crore rupees. By comparison, a railway line through the upper Himalayas in the PoK region and Afghanistan's eastern border, several 100 kilometers long, will easily cost lakhs of crores of rupees.
This much expense is completely unnecessary for the little international traffic, so there is no scope of this ever happening.
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