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China has a lot to offer to Indian Railways: Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister

As reported, railways infrastructure enhancement has been one of points of discussion between Modi and Li Keqiang.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: May 17, 2015 3:27 am
China-India, Suresh Prabhu, Indian Railway, Federation of Gujarat Industries, modi in china, NAIR, ahmedabad news, city news, local news, Gujarat news, Indian Express The development of human infrastructure by trainings and setting up of universities is also an area in which China is helping us.

China has a lot to offer to the Indian Railways, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said while speaking to the media in Vadodara on Saturday. Prabhu said, “China has already said it is going to help us in three-four areas, including setting up the first high-speed train between Delhi and Chennai, for which we have to do feasibility study. China will also help us in station development and setting up of railway universities.”

“In the next few years’ time, we are working on technology upgradation in participation with countries like China, which has high technology for speed trains. The development of human infrastructure by trainings and setting up of universities is also an area in which China is helping us. We also need to bring in investment in the sector so as to improve customer service and safety,” Prabhu, who was in Vadodara to participate in an award function organised by the Federation of Gujarat Industries, said.

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As reported, railways infrastructure enhancement has been one of the points of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang, during the former’s visit to China. Raising train speed, training to handle heavy haul operations and setting up of universities were discussed. Vadodara’s National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) is likely to be the first to be upgraded as a railway university, for which China has already assured support.

Prabhu said that apart from China, other countries such as Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain have also shown “tremendous interest” in technology upgradation for the Indian Railways. Japan has already expressed the willingness to invest in the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. “We need technology upgradation and to find out if there are other countries that can participate in our development plans.Other countries like Japan will help us create Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, for which we are doing feasibility studies. Besides Korea, France, Germany, Spain, there are tremendous interest on the part of other counties also. Technology cooperation with China, Japan and France is what we are looking at,” Prabhu said.

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  1. S
    May 17, 2015 at 7:22 am
    So India can have "Made In China" Maglev Train..!!
    1. Sa Haha
      May 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm
      The facts and reasons are clearly shown now at the train railway and stations. Go take a look at Indian's all train stations and China's all railway stations. India's railway standard will be what u can see now for next decades if don't get foreigner's helps.
      1. K
        May 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm
        Indian railway with a little foreign expert made wonderful underground train system in Kolkata more 30 years ago. I suggest that the Railway ministry develops self confidence in the engineering capabilities of Indian engineers please. If our scientists and engineers can send Mission probe to Mars successfully in one attempts (no other country has done it so far) why can't our engineers overhaul our railway systems? What we need to do is to make the system corruption free. We do not need super train now. Because, we have not made our railway systems accident proof. So many frequent train accident takes place. Before we get super-train we must make our existing train systems totally accident free at least for a year. In one accident with high speed super train, more than 60,000 crores will be gone with loss of all lives- no survivable possible.
        1. N
          Narinder Dogra
          May 17, 2015 at 10:44 am
          Shame! Indian leaders are brainless s. They cannot think of putting internal resources together and getting things done. India became independent three years before China did. I have not been able to figure out what Mahatma hi saw in Nehru.
          1. R
            May 17, 2015 at 12:10 pm
            Before independence railways were managed by britishers. Now india has enough man power, technology, means to provide better railway transport facilities both freight and penger. but govt. is not utilising them properly instead going to china and other foreign countries, what a shame it is! here we have Delhi metro, mumbai metro,.... all indegeneosly developed. Now when india seek the help of china or other countries for such things it should read as India is make in China and not Make in india.!During the tenure of LALU PRASAD as a railway minister railway was in profit, and was completely a PSU. So now why the idea of privatisation or foreignistion of railways? Also not that getting rail ticket through irctc website during tatkal is very difficult and the captcha to be filled in the relevant box is made most complicated using letters and alphabets in different styles (italics, roman,...) and crossed by lines or other signs , that the customers do not read them so that irctc customers do not get tickets booked. normal timings captcha is recognisable, readable but during tatkal timings it is unrecognisable.
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