Railway MoU signed with Iraq

New Delhi, January 25: | Updated: Jan 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
India and Iraq have signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the field of railways.

The MoU was signed from the Indian side by minister of state for railways Digvijay Singh and Iraqi minister of transport and communications Ahmed M Ahmed. Among the various areas of co-operation, the possibility of implementation of Sky Bus Metro in Baghdad will be examined under the MoU.

There are about 14 projects coming up in Iraq that involve construction of new railway lines. The Indian side, represented by the Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC), agreed to assist the State Company for Implementation of Transport & Communication Projects (SCITAC) to develop a comprehensive system and an integration plan to pitch fork the existing Iraqi Railways into meeting the challenges of the economic needs of the Republic of Iraq in the new millennium. KRC will also redesign the systems wherever necessary.

The two project for which KRC has bid and prequalified are Musayyeb-Samawa and Baghdad-Kirkuk.

KRC will inspect the Iraqi sleeper factory at Abu Ghraib and suggest necessary measures to strengthen the existing factory. KRC will also train the personnel at the sleeper factory to improve their productivity.

KRC will also assist SCITAC to develop necessary expertise and capabilities to manufacture prestressed concrete sleepers for turnouts.