Oct 16, 2016

Can Germany help Indian trains run on time?

Aiming to reduce travel time by trains, India has entered into a pact with Germany to deepen collaboration in the field of railways and high speed trains.

India’s Union Minister for Railways, Mr. Suresh with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Alexander Dobrindt
With an objective of reducing travel time significantly, India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Germany for running high-speed trains in the country.

The agreement was reached during talks between German minister for transport Alexander Dobrindt and railways minister Suresh Prabhu at Rail Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday.

The ministers focused on deepening collaboration and strengthening ties in field of railways and high-speed trains.

An MoU was signed between Indian Railways and DB Engineering and Consulting GmbH.

FOCUS ON SPEED AND SAFETY

Germany will help in increasing speed of trains in India. The railway corridors for increasing speed are to be identified by the Indian railways soon. Germany will also help in station redevelopment plan of the railways in a big way.

The 300-kmph high speed bullet corridor, Mysore-Bengaluru- Chennai will be extended upto Vijayawada. Germany will commence a study for extending the corridor from January next year.

Germany will also share its expertise in reducing accidents on railway tracks. Indian railways hopes to accomplish its zero-accident mission with the help of Germany.

A working group has been constituted on railway safety comprising experts from Germany and India. Dobrindt is in India as part of the follow up of Prabhu’s visit to Germany in April this year.