Oct 15, 2016

Germany, Russia to play key role in India’s High-speed Rail, DFC projects

Indian Railways to sign MoU with Germany for high-speed trains on i.e. 14-Oct-2016 at New Delhi

New Delhi: Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain on Thursday held discussions with the Russian Railways authorities for collaborating on a dedicated high-speed freight corridor, railway officials said. A senior railway official told IANS that the minister held discussions with the Russian officials and also discussed issues like modernisation of existing rail corridors, train traffic and transportation, training and knowledge sharing and rolling stock modernisation.
(File Pic): The Union Minister for Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu meeting the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Mr. Alexander Dobrindt, in Berlin, Germany on April 14, 2016

Indian Railways on Thursday also announced that it will collaborate with Germany on high-speed trains. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and German Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on railways and high-speed trains on Friday.

Aiming to reduce travel time significantly, Railways will ink a pact with Germany for running high-speed trains in the country.

Accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, German Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, will meet Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on October 14. “Both ministers will be focusing on deepening collaboration and strengthening ties in field of railways and high-speed trains,” the Ministry of Railways said.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between the two countries for bilateral cooperation in the rail sector, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Dobrindt is on a four day ‘follow-up’ visit to India from October 12 to 15. According to railways, it is a “follow-up” to Prabhu’s visit to Germany in April.

The German minister will hold talks with Prabhu in Rail Bhavan. Both ministers will focus on deepening collaboration and strengthening ties in the field of railways and high speed trains.

After the meeting, the MoU will be signed between Indian Railways and DB Engineering and Consulting GmbH.