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NEW DELHI: India and China would look at collaborations in semi-high speed rail and building world-class railway stations. This was decided at the strategic and economic dialogue between the two countries earlier this month when an Indian delegation, headed by Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, had visited Beijing.
"We have discussed participation for raising speed on existing tracks to about 160-200 kilometres per hour wherein they could provide technical support," said Arunendra Kumar, chairman of the Railway Board.
"The other area where we could cooperate further is in building world-class stations. We have suggested that they could form a joint venture with our station development corporation. They will let us know if they would like to proceed with that," added Kumar, who was speaking along the sidelines of a PHD conference on railways.
India will also receive training inputs for heavy haul operations. The Railways ministry also has plans to develop high-speed rail network, in which China has already seen success. However, collaboration is unlikely to be sought in this area.
"We are already doing a study on high-speed rail with JICA so we will collaborate in areas that are open like upgrading speed in existing tracks," said Kumar.
This article first appeared on economictimes.indiatimes.com
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