Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu today i.e. on 02.09.2016 inaugurated International Conference on Technology for Ultra High Speed Rolling Stock jointly organised by Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers (IRSE) and Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers Association (IRSMEA) with active support of Indian Railways. Member Rolling Stock Railway Board Shri Hemant Kumar and Member Engineering Railway Board Shri A. K. Mittal and other Railway Board officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that advance technology always plays a great role in the nation building. He said that modernization of the Railways solely depend on the advance technology and thus Indian Railways which is the Lifeline of the country is in the process of developing/adopting ultra high speed technology in the interest of people of the country. He said that it is dream of Railways to take not more than 12 hours to travel from one part of India to the other and idea is to enhance the average speed of all trains, so that everyone benefits. In case of ultra high speed technology, Indian Railways wants to develop it, implement it under Make in India to use it indigenously and to be able to export it also. The focus point of the ultra high speed rolling stock is to enhance customer experience, safety, bring in speed and augment capacity. He further said that with focus on “Make in India” Campaign, Railways wants to develop a technology which will help railways in the long run.
A first ever International conference in India on Technology for Ultra High speed rolling stock for operation at maximum speeds of 500 kmph and above is being held under the aegis of Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers (IRSE) and Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers Association supported by Indian Railways , Railway PSUs RITES and Konkan Railway Corporation Limited.
The conference has evoked interest from all majors in the field of Ultra High Speed. Leaders like HyperLoop Transport Technology, USA, Quadralev USA, Talgo, Spain, RTRI Japan, Siemens Germany, Knorr Bremse, Germany , Prose Switzerland are participating. Delegates numbering about 500 from Railways, Indian Industry, Diplomatic Community, international Industry, Federations of Unions in Railways etc.
This conference is taking place immediately before opening of an Expression of Interest tender for developing, constructing and running a Ultra High Speed Railway system in India on PPP basis. It is expected that the EOI will give a full view of emerging technologies available in the world in this frontier area of railway technology and enable Indian Railway to move to the next step of sanctioning a project.