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Indian railways inks pact with Italian counterpart for improving safety

india Updated: Feb 02, 2017 20:40 IST

Officials and bystanders gather beside the wreckage of train carriages at Rura, some 30kms west of Kanpur on December 28, 2016, following a train crash.(AFP Photo)

In the wake of multiple cases of derailments, Indian Railways has inked a pact with Italian Railways for improving the safety level of the Indian carrier through a review of the infrastructure and transport management system.

The pact was signed by Renato Mazzoncini, CEO and Managing Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (Italian Railways) and AK Mittal, Chairman of Indian Railways.

“The Memorandum of Understanding that Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane signed with Indian Railways represents the beginning of a close cooperation between two of the most prominent railway companies in the world.

“We will provide all the know-how we developed with large-scale infrastructure and technological projects that have modernised Italy by connecting the country’s most important cities, Rome and Milan, in just three hours,” said Mazzoncini in an official press statement.

The tie-up between the two entities will also enable co-operation on certification of technologies based on SIL 4 (Safety Integrity Level 4) and staff safety training.

Another MoU was also signed between Italferr, the engineering company of FS Italiane and RITES, an engineering consultancy company of the Indian Railways.

According to a statement released by the Italian behemoth, Italferr, the FS Italiane engineering company, and Italcertifer, the FS Italiane railway certification company, are working on six projects in India.

The most important is the design and supervision of works for constructing the Anji Khad Bridge, a 750-metre-long bridge with a central span of over 260, suspended over a 200-metre gorge between Katra and Reasi.

The FS Italiane Group is a major international engineering, infrastructure and transport player and operates in more than 60 countries in over five continents.