India and Germany to cooperate on Semi High Speed Rail
Germany and India signed a Joint Declaration of Intent to further deepen their cooperation in the railway sector on 10th October, 2017. Both countries will jointly cooperate to upgrade the current passenger services in India up to 200 km per hour. A joint Indo-German feasibility study on Semi-High-Speed trains on the current rail corridor between Chennai and Kazipet via Vijayawada (643 km) will be carried out.
German Ambassador Dr. Ney emphasized the successful and fruitful collaboration between Germany and the Indian Railways: “Germany is a reliable partner to support India in modernizing its railways with state of the art railway technology and high safety standards.”
During their regular Indo-German consultations both countries started extending their cooperation in various fields of railways with a special focus on modernization and Speed-Upgrade of Indian trains and safety issues. In October last year, the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt visited India. Both countries had subsequent working group meetings and have already initiated a feasibility study on a new High-Speed corridor from Chennai to Bangaluru and Mysuru, carried out by German Railways. The Joint Declaration signed today between both countries intends to enable Indian passengers to travel up to 200 km per hour between Chennai and Kazipet.