Date of Post: 29 Aug, 2017
New Delhi: The Japanese government is sending a team of railway safety experts to India following a request by New Delhi last month. The Japanese railway safety experts team will visit from 28 August to 1 September.
A Japanese Embassy statement said, during their visit, the expert team will have discussions with the Ministry of Railways & railway safety experts in India, and will conduct site visits related to the railway safety.
- Both the governments are working closely on railway safety in India, based on the Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism and the Indian Ministry of Railways on Rail Safety, signed in February 2017, in response to India’s request for Japanese Government’s support on railway safety, in December 2016, the statement said.
- It said, the Japanese government dispatches this railway safety expert team based on the Government of India’s request submitted in July, 2017.
- The expert team consists of railway safety experts from railway related organizations, JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism (MLIT).
- The team dispatched by JICA will examine the present status of railway safety in India & India’s needs for capacity development for railway safety for considering further cooperation through JICA.
- It also said, the Government of Japan expects that the dispatch of this railway safety expert team will enhance the level of cooperation on railway safety between Japan & India.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to visit India in the September when he is scheduled to lay the foundation stone for India’s first high-speed rail network.