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Indian Railways : An Engine of Growth for Aatmanirbhar Bharat

17 - 18 December 2021 | Pragati Maidan

I. Background:

India has one of the largest railways network in the world which plays a critical role in economic and social development of the country. It has a network of 123,542 km of total tracks over a 67,415 km route and about 7,300 stations. Railways run close to 13,000 passenger trains carrying over 23 million passengers daily and 1 billion tonnes of freight every year.

In order to modernize and create a future ready’ railways, Indian Railways have launched the National Rail Plan. The plan envisages creation of capacity ahead of demand and increase in the share of Railways in freight traffic to 45%. It aims to accelerate implementation of critical projects, achieve 100% electrification, upgrade the speed of trains on certain routes and eliminate all level crossings on GQ/GD route, etc. by 2024.

Further, India is one of the largest markets for railway equipment and is expected to grow exponentially in coming years, driven by growing investments, technology innovation and expansion & modernisation plan of Railways by the Government of India and emphasis on “Make in India” initiative.

With the above background, CII in association with Ministry of Railways is organizing the International Railway Equipment Exhibition (IREE) - Asia’s mega Rail Transportation event and the second largest show in the world for Rail Transportation Sector in terms of scale and quality of participants. The 14th edition of the IREE is scheduled from 16 to 18 December 2021 at Pragati maidan, New Delhi

Coinciding with IREE 2021, CII is organizing the International Rail Conference with the theme “Railways : An Engine of Growth for Aatmanirbhar Bharat” on 17 & 18 December 2021 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

II. Objective:

The Conference aims to facilitate high-level discussions on emerging scope and opportunities of partnership in the modernisation and expansion of Indian Railway, with an aim to supplement the efforts of Government of India to make a world-class Railways System in the country.

The conference will feature discussions around new and emerging technologies, domestic manufacturing ecosystem to promote Make in India-Make for the World, assets monetisation programme, dedicated freight corridors and urban transit system, opening new avenues for learning about the modern technologies available for the Indian Rail Transportation Sector through networking sessions.

III. Structure of the Summit

The 2-day Summit will be structured as below:

  • A. Inaugural Session
  • B. Special Ministerial Plenary
  • C. Technical Sessions:

It is proposed to have 7 Plenary Sessions with Speakers from Central Ministries, Industry and major Stakeholders

  • Plenary Session I : Asset Monetization – Emerging Scope for Public Private Partnership
  • Plenary Session II: Make in India, Make for the World - Key Imperatives for Building Competitive Railways Manufacturing Ecosystem
  • Plenary Session III : Building World Class Rail Infrastructure – Emerging Partnership Opportunities
  • Plenary Session IV : High Speed Rail (HSR) Corridors in India
  • Plenary Session V : New & Emerging Technologies
  • Plenary Session VI: Dedicated Freight Corridors – Providing Integrated Logistics Solutions for Aatmanirbhar India
  • Plenary Session VII : Urban Transit System: Clean and congestion free mass surface transit for New India

IV. Expected Participation

The 14th edition of the International Rail Conference 2021 will feature 50+ sector-expert speakers, including Policy Makers, Senior Government Officials, Industry Stalwarts, User Industry etc, and 400 + delegates attending physically and 600 delegates attending over digital platform.

Programme Outline

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  • Ms Darshana Jardosh

    Ms Darshana Jardosh,

    Minister of State for Railways and Textiles,
    Government of India
  • Mr Naresh Salecha

    Mr Naresh Salecha,

    Member (Finance), Railway Board,
    Ministry of Railways,Government of India
  • Mr Sanjiv Mittal

    Mr Sanjiv Mittal,

    Member (Infrastructure), Railway Board,
    Ministry of Railways, Government of India
  • Mr Dipankar Ghosh

    Mr Dipankar Ghosh

    Chairman, Railway Equipment Division
    and Managing Director, Knorr-Bremse
  • Dr.(Ms) Sujatha Narayan

    Dr.(Ms) Sujatha Narayan,

    Senior Vice President and Regional Leader,
    India Region, Wabtec Corporation
  • Mr Sachin Bhanushali

    Mr Sachin Bhanushali,

    Chairman, CII National Committee on Railways (Transport) and CEO & Whole Time Director,
    Gateway Rail Freight Limited
  • Mr Amit Banerjee

    Mr Amit Banerjee

    Chairman & Managing Director,
    BEML Limited
  • Mr Ankur Dev

    Mr Ankur Dev

    Chief Executive,
    Railway Equipment Division, Escorts
  • Mr Tilak Raj Seth

    Mr Tilak Raj Seth

    Executive Vice President (Infrastructure & Cities),
    South Asia, Siemens Ltd
  • Mr Manish Agarwal

    Mr Manish Agarwal

    Head and Vice President rail infrastructure,
  • Mr Bharat Joshi

    Mr Bharat Joshi

    Co-Chair, CII National Committee on Railways (Transport) and Director,
    Associated Container Terminals Limited
  • Mr. Andrey Bardizh

    Mr. Andrey Bardizh

    Deputy General Director,
    Sinara-Transport Machines
  • Dr. R. Gopalakrishnan

    Dr. R. Gopalakrishnan

    General Manager,
    Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), New Delhi
  • Mr R K Jain

    Mr R K Jain

    Managing Director,
    Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd.
  • Mr V R Sharma

    Mr V R Sharma

    MD and CEO,
    Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.
  • Mr Rajesh Agarwal

    Mr Rajesh Agarwal

    Managing Director & CEO,
    Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd
  • Mr Shantanu Roy

    Mr Shantanu Roy

    Executive Director,
    BEML Limited
  • Mr Sandeep Srivastava

    Mr Sandeep Srivastava

    Executive Director,
  • Mr S Srinivas

    Mr S Srinivas

    Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer,
    Integral Coach Factory, Chennai

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