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
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.