India-Germany Working Group on Rail Safety

IAS Prelims 2023

India and Germany has decided to form a joint working group on railway safety.

The agreement on formation of a joint working group was taken at a meeting between Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and German Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt.

The working group would look into the training, technology and processes for improving the safety. This working group on safety would be a deliverable on Inter-Government Consultations tentatively planned in Berlin in May, 2017.

The two sides held wide ranging discussions on areas speed raising, capacity increase of passenger and goods transport lines, safety, energy efficient rail operations, education and training, high speed rail, standards and norms and station development.

Besides, India requested that Germany extends its proposal of high speed (300 km per hour plus) rail study of Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai corridor to Vijayawada city of the Andhra Pradesh.

It was pointed out that high speed rail connectivity through Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai-Vijayawada corridor will give boost to the regional development and will link the states of Southern India.

The German side expressed willingness to undertake feasibility study on speed upgradation on the existing Indian Railway network.