India’s Union Cabinet has approved administrative arrangement on railway cooperation between the Ministry of Railways and the DG MOVE, to strengthen future technical exchanges and cooperation.
Under the agreement signed in September, the framework of cooperation will be focused on EU rail reform and regulations regarding the safety, interoperability and railways’ financial sustainability, on signalling and control systems, including ERTMS, innovation and digitalization and sustainable policies. The agreement will also take into account the benefits of standardisation as well as harmonized conformity assessment and procurement procedures in railway sector, intermodality and transport infrastructure network and experience-sharing programmes relating to international rail conventions and standardisation bodies.
The Ministry of Railways has previously signed MoUs and cooperation agreements for technical cooperation in the rail sector with various foreign governments and state-owned railway companies. The agreements cover high-speed rail sector, track modernisation to increase train speeds, the development of stations, heavy haul operations and railway infrastructure. The cooperation is achieved through exchange of information in respect of development in the railway technology and operations, knowledge sharing, technical visits, training and seminars and workshops in areas of mutual interest.