Taking the technical cooperation in Rail Safety ahead, a team, Mission of Safety experts from Japan, concluded its second visit in early September. The team comprised of representatives of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and railway operators etc.
The Mission visited Indian Railway’s (IR) coach/wagon/loco maintenance facilities, observed rail welding and track maintenance practices followed by IR, and discussed detailed scope of cooperation.
Earlier, in response to a request from Indian Railways, MLIT deputed a team of Japanese Railway experts to India to assess incidents of rail breakage and suggest measures to improve safety in train operations.
A separate Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Railway safety was signed between Ministry of Railways, Government of India (GoI) and MLIT, Japan to cover the area adequately.