What is the sectorial opportunity in transportation?

Nepal has embarked on a plan to construct a 945-kilometers long East-West Electrified Railway with rail links with India. There has also been talk about the development of Kathmandu–Kerung, Birgunj–Kathmandu, and Kathmandu-Pokhara-Lumbini railway routes for interstate transportation, and metro and monorails in Kathmandu Valley for intra city transport.

Further, Nepal also has plans to develop water transport on the Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali rivers.  With the success of ropeways such as Manakamana, Chandragiri and Kalinchowk Cable Cars, feasibility studies of ropeways in other areas such as Muktinath and Swargadwari are also being undertaken.

If properly planned, Nepal can become a transit route connecting India and China and developing a proper transportation network will be important to make this possible.