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International Rail Conference 2013
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·        The Indian Railways proposes to utilize natural gas as fuel for its fleets of diesel locomotives in line with the international trend. This will have a substantial effect on reducing the emission of carbon and in making the railway system environment-friendly, declared Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge, Union Minister of Railways, in New Delhi.

Inaugurating 10th edition of the International Rail Exhibition and Conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the capital today, Mr Kharge
 said that under the Research, Design and Standard Organization (RDSO), is doing considerable work in developing highly fuel efficient diesel locomotives. In this regard, he disclosed that an Indian manufacturer has established a joint venture with a reputed foreign firm for design and development of the system under the overall supervision of RDSO.

Mr Kharge said that FDI was welcome in infrastructure projects, such as the elevated rail corridor in Mumbai, high speed rails and dedicated freight corridor. FDI is also open for factories in rolling stock, such as locomotives and coaches, he stated. Referring to the ambitious project of the railways - the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC), he said that it would be a game changer for connectivity and freight easing all transportation significantly by connecting the northern hinterland and similarly the eastern side to the plants in the north. There is considerable scope for private public partnership in railways in general and DFC in particular, the Minister said. Freight terminals, parts of the DFC, redevelopment of stations and elevated rail corridor in Mumbai are areas proposed for private investment during the 12th Plan period, he said.

The Minister emphasized that during the 12th Plan period, there would be continuous effort to add new routes, augment capacity on existing routes, and invest in terminals, rolling stock and in workshop and maintenance facilities. In absolute terms, he said that the Railways plan to add 4000 kms of new lines besides over 7,500 kms of doubling and 5,500 kms of gauge conversion and 6500 kms for electrification. Further, the Railways also plan to procure over one lakh wagons, 24,000 coaches and nearly 4000 locomotives. The Minister pointed out that in the last decade, Indian Railways have reduced the number of accidents per million train kilometers from 0.44 in 2003-04 to 0.13 in 2012-13.

·         Mr Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board, spoke about the large scale bio-toilets being introduced in the railway network. These cheap but effective toilets would be retrofitted in 55000 coaches . The total number of bio toilets when fully implemented would be around 2,50,000, he said. Calling for public private participation in enhancing the speed of the passenger trains. Mr Kumar said "Our objective is to cover Mumbai-Ahmedabad by one hour and 52 minutes. It is a tough call and we need the support of the private sector in this regard". He also informed about the signing of a joint venture between Railways and the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam today for setting up a coach factory.

·        The International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREEE), the only international event in India for the Railway and allied sectors, in its 10th edition this year has over 400 exhibitors. The expo has direct participation from 24 countries including China, CzechRepublic, France and Germany, as well as first time participants like Japan, Korea and Russia, with country pavilions.

·         This year's event also sees the maiden edition of the Urban Mass Transit Expo (UMTE) 2013, a concurrent international exhibition cum conference with a clear focus on Metro and light rail.

·        Speaking at the session on Rolling Stock - Trends and Future Developments, Mr Arvind Khare, Additional Member, Production Unit , Railway Board, said that an international seminar would shortly be organized inviting suggestions from national and international universities and research bodies, to enhance the speed of the passenger and freight trains in India. He also laid emphasis on the Vision 2020 of Railways which has made elaborate plans for achieving greater fuel efficiency, capacity utilization, speed etc.

·         Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, President, CII, spelt out four areas for enhancing the efficiency of the railways. Greater stress on the PPP model, expansion of the existing railway network, modernization of technology by inducting, heavier, and faster trains and increased pace in gauge conversion . He also suggested faster processing of wagon tenders to facilitate swift procurement.

·        Mr Rajive Kaul, Past President, CII and Chairman, CII Trade Fair Council and Mr Naresh Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Rail Transportation and Equipment Division, also spoke.

 
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Capacity based Infra Charging - using Wayside Train Monitoring Systems by Mr Peter Boom, Business Consultant, SST Signal & System Technik, GmbH
Challenges and experience in implementation of ETCS by Mr Jean-Pol Mura, Director, Siemens Ltd
Dedicated Freight Corridor – Current developments and future road map by Mr R K Gupta, MD, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd
Diesel-Electric Locomotive Developments by Mr David Semple, Head-Engineering, Electro-Motive Maintenance Operations Pvt Ltd, Australia
Freight perspective in IR : Design, Manufacturing &Initiatives for Lower Life Cycle Costs by Mr Amitabh Sinha, Executive Director, Research Designs and Standards Organisation
Improving Railway Operations by the application of Management Systems and Technology by Mr Russel Waugh, Director-International Operations & Head Infrastructure, United Group Limited, Australia
Improving Railway Performance - Advancements in Wayside Detection Technology by Mr Alex R Zaydel, MD (Business Development), Progress Rail Services, USA
Indian Railways : Road Ahead by Mr Arvind Khare, Additional Member (Production Unit), Railway Board
Modern Station Designs by Mr Hiro Aso, Director, John McAslan, UK
Multi-Modal Logistics Solutions by Mr Sanjay Swarup, Group GM, Container Corporation of India
Rolling Stock: Opportunities in Heavy Haul by Mr Nalin Jain, President & CEO, GE Transportation and Aviation India
Significance of System Integration of Propulsion System with the Vehicle by Mr Thomas Dorneich, Sales Manager, Siemens AG, Germany
State of the Art Point Machines - Lockings and Detection Systems for Modern Turnouts by Mr Markus Maier, MD – CCO, Voestalpine Hytronics GmbH
Steel Solutions : From Track to Rolling Stock by Mr V R Sharma, Deputy MD and CEO, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd
Lighting of Lamp at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
IREE 2013 - An introduction by Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, DG, CII
Mr Rajive Kaul, Past President and Chairman, CII Trade Fair Council at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President, CII at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Arunendra Kumar, Chairman, Railway Board at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Release of IREE Exhibitor Catalogue at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Railway, Government of India at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Naresh Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division at the Inaugural Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Tilakraj Seth, Vice Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division on “Rolling Stock: Trends & Future Developments”
Indian Railways Road Ahead by Mr Arvind Khare, Additional Member (Production Unit), Railway Board
Steel Solutions : From Track to Rolling Stock by Mr V R Sharma, Deputy MD and CEO, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd
GE Transportation-Rolling Stock: Opportunities in Heavy Haul by Mr Nalin Jain, President & CEO, GE Transportation and Aviation India
Diesel-Electric Locomotive Developments by Mr David Semple, Head-Engineering, Electro-Motive Maintenance Operations Pvt Ltd
Freight perspective in IR: Design, Manufacturing & Initiatives for Lower Life Cycle Costs by Mr Amitabh Sinha, Executive Director, Research Designs & Standards Organization
An open house discussion on “Rolling Stock: Trends and Future Developments”
Mr Tilakraj Seth, Vice Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division on “Rolling Stock: Trends and Future Developments”
Mr Subodh Jain, Member-Engineering, Railway Board on “Rail Infrastructure and Transportation”
Mr Rajeev Jyoti, CEO (Railway Business), L&T Ltd on “Rail Infrastructure and Transportation”
Transforming King’s Cross by Mr Hiro Aso, Director, John McAslan, UK
Improving Railway Performance Advancements in Wayside Detection Technology by Mr Alex R Zaydel, Managing (Director Business Development), Progress Rail Services, USA
Improving Railway Operations by the application of Management Systems and Technology by Mr Russel Waught, Director-International Operations & Head Infrastructure, United Group Limited, Australia
Significance of System Integration of Propulsion System with the Vehicle by Mr Thomas Dorneich, Sales Manager, Siemens AG, Germany
Dedicated Freight Corridor Current Developments and Future Road Map by Mr R K Gupta, MD, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd
Mr Naresh Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division on “Rail Infrastructure and Transportation”
Mr Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Railway Board on “Technology and Safety”
State of the Art Point Machines, Lockings and Detection Systems for Modern Turnouts by Mr Markus Maier, MD, Voestalpine Hytronics GmbH
Capacity based Infra Charging, using Wayside Train Monitoring Systems by Mr Peter Boom, Business Consultant, SST Signal & System Technik, GmbH
ETCS as the TPWS for India by Mr Jean-Pol Mura, Director, Siemens Ltd
Business Outlook for collaboration with Indian Railways and associate companies by Mr Zbigniew Magdziarz, Commercial Counsellor, Trade & Investment Promotion, Section Embassy of Poland
Multi-Modal Logistics Solutions by Mr Sanjay Swarup, Group GM, Container Corporation of India
Mr Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Railway Board on “Technology and Safety”
Mr Naresh Aggarwal, Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division at the Valedictory Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr C P Sharma, Managing Director, Daulat Ram Engineering Services (P) Ltd at the Valedictory Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr William P Ainsworth, President and CEO, Electro Motive Diesel Inc. USA at the Valedictory Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Hemant Kumar, Additional Member-Mechanical Engineering, Railway Board at the Valedictory Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
Mr Tilakraj Seth, Vice Chairman, CII Rail Transportation & Equipment Division at the Valedictory Session of the International Rail Conference 2013
 
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