1 September 2016

International conference on Technology for Ultra High Speed rolling stock

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. This one day conference shall be held in New Delhi on the 2nd September 2016. Minister for Railways , Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu will be the Chief Guest. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain will also grace the occasion. Niti Aayog Members , Dr. Bibek Debroy, Senior Government officials including Railway Board Chairman and Members, Secretary level officers from related Ministries, Chairman ISRO, leaders of Industrial federations and leaders from the Industry shall also be present on this momentous occasion.

Briefing the media about this Conference, Member Rolling Stock, Railway Board Shri Hemant Kumar, that Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu envisioned that Indian Railways should enter the futuristic field of Ultra high Speed Railways now and work towards building an Indian Technology which is economical and at par with the best. His vision is to make rolling stock the driver for this major shift from India being a technology importer and manufacturer to becoming a developer and designer for futuristic rolling stock technologies. The conference has been organized with the purpose of bring focus on development ultra high speed railway systems in India. This will create a confluence of minds and ideas from across the globe and become a catalyst for a major transformation of Indian Railways to an ultra modern Railway system, at par with the best.

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 shall be participating. Delegates numbering about 500 from Railways, Indian Industry, Diplomatic Community , international Industry, Federations of Unions in Railways etc.

This conference comes 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.