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India, UK to sign MoU to transform Urban Transport Sector

India and United Kingdom will be signing a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.

Nov 29, 2017 13:04 IST
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India and United Kingdom will be signing a MoU in the urban transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.

The draft MoU for the same was discussed during the meeting of Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in London on 27 November 2017.

Key Objectives

• The draft MoU seeks to facilitate cooperation in the transport sector and enable the sharing of expertise and latest technology between the two nations in order to promote efficient mobility solutions.

• The MoU is also expected to usher in policy reforms that can transform the transport sector through improved customer service/data analysis and better use of IT systems.

• It will also help in promoting digital transactions and induction of high capacity diesel/electric vehicles in India.

• Further, it will establish the terms on which such assistance can be provided.\

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Background

The decision to sign the agreement follows Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s visit to London in May 3017, during which he had finalised bilateral cooperation arrangements between Transport for London (TFL) and Indian Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to cover a wide range of transport mobility solutions and associated activities in urban environment.

During his current visit, Gadkari will also be addressing a session of the International Maritime Organization.

He also addressed Indian business leaders in UK, urging them to cooperate in the Namami Gange project of the Government.

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