India to Help Modernize Iranian Rail Network

A030750610.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- India is likely to help Iran in modernization and expansion of its rail network.

Iran has sought India’s expertise in upgrading its train operations, signaling system and electrical work besides training its personnel as part of its plans to modernize the railway system.

Responding to a request from the Iran government, India’s Railway Board Chairman K C Jena along with two senior officers are slated to arrive here in Tehran on Friday to hold discussions with the Iranian railway officials.

“Indian Railway is likely to extend its expertise to Iran for modernizing Iranian railway network,” said a senior Indian railway ministry official.

The Indian team would inspect the Iranian railway system and meet senior railway officials during its three-day visit from April 12.

The high-level delegation headed by Jena is also slated to visit the railway system at Esfahan in central Iran.

Though Indian Railway has signed MoU with many overseas railways, there is no such agreement with Iranian Railway.

“An MoU with Iranian Railway may be signed at a later stage but at the moment there is no such proposal,” said the official.

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