Indian Railways Thursday signed an agreement with
Belgium to modernise and make some of the country's railway stations world
class, said an official statement.
"Indian and Belgian railways will benefit with mutual consultation and
exchange of information services on development and modernisation of railway
stations," Railway Minister Mukul Roy said after signing a Memorandum of
Understanding with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders, who is also
Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs.
According to Roy, ties between the countries would strengthen with sharing of
design and current practices in railway infrastructure and deputation of
experts in areas of mutual interest.
The countries have decided to form steering and working groups of experts to
determine and define scope and modalities of activities and projects, he said.
Roy said Belgian government-owned companies such as Euro Station and Euro
Immostar have vast experience in developing stations.
"These companies have extensive expertise in transforming historical
railway stations into the modern international terminals and the experience
gained by them can be emulated in India after suitable adaptation to Indian
conditions," he said.
Reynders said Indian Railways was a focus sector of his country's economic
According to him, several Belgium or Belgium-based companies were already
present in India and their activities ranged from fastening and coating of
rails to delivery of parts for train construction and software for safety and
Indian Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal and Belgium's Ambassador to India
Pier Vaesen were present on the occasion.