Workshop in India “Railway Safety Management and Certifications”

The President of Italferr Mr. Riccardo Maria Monti addressed the opening speech

Friday, 31st March 2017, a New Delhi, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), the trade commission of the Italian Government for Dissemination and Internationalization of Italian Business and Economy organised a workshop on Railway Security following an important agreement signed in February 2017 between Indian Railways and Ferrovie dello Stato, Italy (Italian Railways). The workshop was conducted by Italian Experts in the field of railway safety and security from companies like Italferr, Italcertifer and Ansaldo.

In recent years, Indian Railways has undertaken several initiatives to upgrade its ageing infrastructure and enhance its quality of service. The Indian Government plans to invest ₹9.05 trillion (US$130 billion) to upgrade the railways by 2020. In a recent interview the Indian Railway Minister, Mr. Suresh Prabhu said that the railways will spend about ₹10,000 crore (US$ 1.5 billion) for renewal of tracks and adopt latest technology for safety and security to reduce accident rate to zero level. At this juncture, where India is looking to upgrade its processes and systems with international standards, an understanding of the Italian experience and insights is believed to be invaluable for decision-makers, manufacturers and opinion-leaders in the Railway industry in India.

Therefore, the aim of the workshop was to highlight and share the Italian experience in the field of Signalling & Telecommunication System (ERTMS) and Assessment and Certification of Advanced Technology.

The Italian Trade Commission welcomed all the guests from esteemed Government and private companies of Indian Railways sector in the presence of his Excellency – the Ambassador of Italy in India, Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni. In his speech the Ambassador highlighted the recent success of Italferr and Italcertifer in India.

The President of Italferr S.p.A., Mr. Riccardo Maria Monti addressed the opening speech. Mr. Monti has worked with corporations and governments in over 40 countries, particularly in large emerging markets (America Latin America, Asia, the Middle East) dealing with privatization and projects of international expansion and relocation.

During his speech at the workshop, he emphasised on the fact that India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and infrastructure development and modernisation can accelerate the already progressing growth of the economy. Railways in this respect play a pertinent role as they are the heart of connectivity of any country. Further, he also spoke about the need and importance of safe and modern Rail Network in the country and how an impeccable technological experience of Italy can bridge that gap for India. He felt proud when he quoted Italian Railways are one of the safest and fastest in the world.
He also highlighted the "smart" character of the railways, by its nature the means of less polluting transportation.
He then focused on one of the causes of frequent accidents at work in India, referring in particular to track maintenance that is done manually and causes around 400 deaths per year. Suggesting here too the Italian mechanized technology which is among the most advanced in the world for this type of diagnosis.
A hint then the recent successes of Italferr and Italcertifer in India and an invitation to the participants to come to Italy to check the Italian system as a whole, boasting from this point of view a complete chain of leading Italian companies in the sector.

This was followed by technical presentations of the various speakers invited: Eleonora Santoni Italcertifer, Giuseppe Siciliano for the "Bocconi", Rajeev Ved Ansaldo, Luca Rimassa for Italcertifer and our Francesco David.

The technical presentation by the experts was engrossing and sparked interest amongst the audience as it covered the latest technological advancements in the field of railway safety and signalling so much so that in between the short tea breaks the audience wanted to know more. The presentations were followed by one on one interaction with all the experts and audience.
More than one participant requested to receive the technical presentations.