August 14, 2018
New Delhi, August 14, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Ministry of Railways (MOR), Government of India (GOI) signed the Record of Discussions (R/D) for "The Project for Capacity Development on Railway Safety". The Project is a Technical Cooperation (TC) project whose objective is to enhance the capacities of the Indian Railways (IR) and the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) with regard to safety of the railway network.
In the TC Project, JICA's Japanese experts will be dispatched to India for assisting IR and DFCCIL on field survey and making action plans for railway safety. On the job trainings are also planned through JICA experts to share Japanese knowledge in the field of rails welding, inspection, track maintenance, rolling stock maintenance, accidents investigation and safety management.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "India's railway network is one of the largest railway systems in the world, hence maintaining the safe operations is of utmost importance for benefit of the Indian citizens as well as economy. JICA is currently supporting the construction of approximately 1500 km tracks of freight rails between Delhi and Mumbai; i.e. the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor. Railway safety is required from day one of the operation. In this connection, we expect that Japanese knowledge and experience on railway safety could contribute to the existing as well as newly developed railway networks by addressing safe operation and appropriate maintenance."
Responding to India's request, in February 2017, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and MOR signed and exchanged the Memorandum of Cooperation on Railway Safety in Delhi for support from Japan on railway safety. In this connection, the Governments of India and Japan exchanged the note verbale for this TC project at the end of July 2018, paving the way for JICA to undertake this TC project with MOR, IR, DFCCIL.
L-R: Mr Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India; Mr. S.K Mishra, Principle Executive Director (Infra), MOR, GOI and Mr. Avanish Kumar Mishra, Director Japan, Department of Economic Affairs during the signing ceremony of R/D
L-R: Mr. M.P Singh, Chief Development Specialist, JICA India standing next to Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto and Mr. S.K Mishra while they shake hands, along with Mr. Avanish Kumar Mishra
Established, by a specific law, as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation, as a sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the biggest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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