NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Nepalese PM Sher Bahadur Deuba jointly inaugurated an India-funded passenger railway service and a power transmission line, and launched the RuPay card in the neighbouring country.
After Bhutan, Singapore, and the UAE, Nepal has become the fourth country where RuPay services are now available.
In a joint statement with PM Deuba here, PM Modi said the launch of the RuPay card will create a new chapter in financial connectivity.
Applauding the bonhomie between the two countries, PM Modi said India-Nepal relation is unique and “such relations hardly exist anywhere in the world”.
The railway service inaugurated by the two leaders today connects Jaynagar in Bihar to Kurtha in Nepal.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “We took stock of the full range of bilateral relations including important development projects that will deepen economic as well as cultural linkages.”
The two Prime Ministers exchanged their views on ways to further strengthen bilateral ties and advance cooperation in multiple areas for the mutual benefits, as per a release by Nepalese Prime Minister’s Office.
A member of India’s initiative International Solar Alliance member, Nepal supplies its surplus power to India, PM Modi informed. During the meeting of the two leaders, both sides agreed on participation of Indian companies in the hydropower development sector of Nepal.
“India and Nepal shared age-old and time-tasted multidimensional ties. For Nepal relations with India is highly important. We look upon tremendous transformations,” PM Deuba stated in the joint statement.
Nepalese PM discussed civil aviation and other connectivity related issues with PM Modi. PM Deuba will visit Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference following talks between PM Modi and PM Deuba, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the two leaders reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations. “The Nepalese PM thanked India for helping Nepal with vaccines, medicines and oxygen,” he said.
“With the launch, RuPay Card will work in 1400 PoS machines in Nepal. This will strengthen people to people ties and enhance financial linkages,” the foreign secretary said.