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Japanese delegation assures of full cooperation on railway safety

Japan's Ministry of land, infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has deputed a team of Railway experts to India to assess incidents of rail breakage and suggest measures to improve safety in train operations following a request from the Indian Railway Administration. Both the railways have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Railway safety earlier this year.

The Memorandum envisages cooperation in Rail Safety on areas like maintenance of Track (welding, rail inspection, track circuit etc.) and rolling stock maintenance. ‘Capacity Development’ has also been taken as a Technical Cooperation project under the Memorandum to develop Indian Railways’ capacity in respect of identified areas. These areas have been incorporated in the Terms of Reference of Cooperation.

A Mission from Japan comprising representatives of Japan’s MLIT, JICA(Japan International Cooperation Agency) and Railway Operators visited India from  October 30 to November Two

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal along with Chairman Railway Board and other Board Members met the Japanese delegation comprising members of ToR mission and members from the rail related industries.  Japanese delegation was headed by Japanese Ambassador in India Mr.Kenji Hiramatsu.

During this occasion, a roundtable discussion was held with the Japanese delegation. Railway Minister stressed on the total safety management. He also mentioned that Indian Railway is striving for ‘zero accident regime’. Japanese Ambassador Mr Hiramatsu assured for full cooperation in this area based on the expertise available in Japanese Railways and Industry.

The round table discussion on railway safety and conventional railways was held with an agenda which covered areas of accident investigation, track, Railway safety management, Locomotives.

Presentations were made by Japanese Industries on their capability in the field. In addition issues of Station Development, Security Systems and Modal shift from truck to rail in transporting new cars and trucks was also discussed.

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