India and China have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) in railways, in a bid to strengthen the rail infrastructure network in India.
Signed during the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the country, Reuters reported that the agreement will focus on the implementation of high-speed trains and the redevelopment of railway stations and tracks.
With the strengthened railway tracks, the maximum speed of passenger trains can be increased to 160km/h from 130km/h.
China has also agreed to offer help to train approximately 100 railway officials, as well as establish a railway university in India.
According to media reports, the initial work will start on the rail section from Chennai to Mysore through Bangalore, India.
Indian Railways has identified nine corridors to run semi-high speed trains, including the Delhi – Agra line that recently completed a successful trial run.
The training programme will be conducted next month by the Beijing Jiaotong University and will focus on onsite training covering operational and maintenance facilities, monitoring systems and traffic control.
A feasibility study for one high-speed corridor will also be conducted by the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group, along with other Chinese businesses.