Indo-French Agreement for Modernisation of Indian railway stations

Purva Marwaha - 26/06/19

In June 2019, the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) signed a "Tripartite Agreement" with French National Railways – SNCF & the French Development Agency in India – AFD.

This cooperation aims to support the Indian Railway’s ambitious programme to redevelop/modernise 600 railway stations across its network. The AFD will provide in-kind grant financing of up to 700000 EUROS, routed through the SNCF-Hubs and Connexions which is the Technical Partner for IRSDC, on this programme. The programme will not put any financial liability on the IRSDC or the Indian Railways.

 

The agreement was signed in presence of Mr Suresh Angadi, the Indian Minister of State of Railways and H.E. Mr. Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Government of France.

 

Redevelopment of 600 major railway stations is an ambitious project being taken up by the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC). All stations with more than 25000 footfalls will get escalators and all stations & trains will be gradually equipped with wi-fi. CCTVs are to be provided at all stations and trains. IRSDC has been entrusted with the task of conducting techno-economic feasibility studies of all the stations. Redevelopment is proposed to be taken up in phases after the completion of these studies. By November 2018, a total of 574 escalators were commissioned and the work of Wi-Fi internet facility was completed at 721 stations and CCTV facility was provided at 436 stations.

 

Since December 2018, Business France India is engaged on a programme to help French companies to partner with Indian firms for participating in the station redevelopment projects/tenders in India. Phase-2 of Business France’s programme was recently concluded were a matching of business potentials was initiated between Indian EPCs (engineering, procurement, construction companies) and few French companies from the railway stations sector. The phase-3 of Business France’s programme is now to be executed, for which French companies will be visiting India between September-November 2019 to participate in B2B discussions with potential Indian partners and meet the public stakeholders from India involved in this project. If you wish to know more about Business France’s activities in this domain, please write to Durlabh Maharishi (durlabh.maharishi@businessfrance.fr).

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