The Union Cabinet
chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of
the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Ferrovie Dello Stato
Italiane S.P.A. of the Republic of Italy on 31st January, 2017 on
technical cooperation in railway sector.
The MoU will provide a platform to Indian Railways to interact and share
the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector to promote
safety, efficiency and sustainability. The MoU will also facilitate
exchange of information, experts meetings, seminars, technical visits
and implementation of jointly agreed cooperation, projects.
The objective of this MoU is to develop technical cooperation activities
in the railway sector to promote safety, efficiency and sustainability,
to their mutual benefit. It will enable technical cooperation in the
a. Safety audit of Indian Railways and measures required for enhancing
safety in train operation;
b. Assessment and certification of advanced technology based safety
products and systems to Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4);
c. Training and competency development with focus on safety including in
areas of advanced signaling and train control systems;
d. Modern trends in Maintenance and diagnostic;
e. Any other area jointly identified by the participants.
The Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) is an industrial
holding managing the Italian Railways sector through its companies
focused on railway related businesses, the main ones are: Trenitalia -
rail transport Rete Ferroviaria Italiana – railway infrastructure
manager, Italferr - engineering company, Italcerifer - notified body
certifying railway systems and components. The FS group is fully owned
by Government and is under Ministry of Treasury, Italy.
Ministry of Railways have signed MQUs for technical cooperation with the
Rail sector with various foreign Governments and National Railways. The
identified areas of cooperation include high speed corridors, speed
raising of existing routes, development of world class stations, heavy
haul operations and modernization of rail infrastructure, etc. The
cooperation is achieved through exchange of Information on developments
in areas of railways, technology & operations, knowledge sharing,
technical visits, training & seminars and workshops in areas of mutual
The MoUs provide a platform for Indian Railways to interact and share
the latest developments and knowledge in the railway sector. The MoUs
facilitate exchange of technical experts, reports and technical
documents, training and seminars/workshops focusing on specific
technology areas and other interactions for knowledge sharing.