Date Of Post: 12 Mar, 2018
New Delhi: India and France, on saturday, signed two agreements for cooperation in the railways sector with a focus on high speed rail networks.
About The two MoUs-
- A MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed between Ministry of Railways and SNCF Mobilities, France, on technical cooperation.
- The two countries also signed a Letter of Intent for the creation of a permanent Indo-French Railways Forum, whose purpose is to enhance the already existing cooperation so that representatives of the two countries can share information.
- The MoU was signed by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Frances Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
- Already, SNCF is working with railways on Indias first semi-high speed rail project between Delhi & Chandigarh, which aims to bring down the travel time between the two cities to 2 hours.
- A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said,”The purpose of this MoU is to build upon and deepen the mutual cooperation and focus on priority areas of high speed and semi-high speed rail; station renovation modernisation of current operations and infrastructure; and suburban trains.”
- The cooperation agreement includes training of drivers of semi-high speed trains and safety & security of train networks.