A Joint Declaration of Intent was signed between Ministry of Railways and Germany in Rail Bhavan in the presence of Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board regarding carrying out of feasibility study on existing Chennai-Kazipet corridor of Indian Railways by German Railways for increasing the speed of passenger trains to 200 kmph. The Project is envisaged to consist of three phases to be carried out over a 22 month period.
The cost of the feasibility study will be shared 50.50 percent by the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India and Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The final terms and conditions of carrying out of this feasibility study shall be completed through signing a separate Agreement.
Earlier, a Protocol on cooperation in Rail sector was signed between both sides in May, 2016 in Germany, with following priority areas.
- Concepts for increasing the design and the actually driven speeds;
- Concepts for increasing the capacity of railway lines in passenger and goods transport;
- Concepts for improving operational safety to avoid incidents and accidents;
- Concepts for reducing operational costs, in particular by means of energy efficient railway operations;
- Concepts for the cooperation between education and training facilities in India and Germany with the objective of enhancing the railway know how;
- Supporting the expansion of the high speed and semi high speed network;
- Joint development of user oriented standards and norms for India with the participation of the competent regulatory authorities;
- Concepts for speed raising on longer stretches for multiple traffic;
- Concepts for station redevelopment on modern lines.