I am pleased that Messe Frankfurt has chosen India as the destination for organizing the 3rd edition of Rail Expo and Conference on 30th - 31st August at Hotel Lalit. The Conference will provide focus on some of the important issues of Railway development.
Indian Railways has the distinction of being the second largest railway system in Asia and the fourth largest railway system in the world. Carrying over 22 million passengers and over 3 million tons of freight a day over 67,000 route kms, IR operates over 10,000 passenger trains and 8,000 freight trains daily. In this way, Indian Railways plays a critical role in facilitating the economic and social development of the country by enabling geographic connectivity, citizen mobility and commercial activity. IR is indeed the backbone and the most common affordable form of national transport infrastructure in the country and is therefore rightly called LIFE LINE of THE NATION.
I hope that this conference would provide an opportunity to industry players, technology and solution providers focusing on discussing technological innovation and other participants to examine the main challenges and highlight the emerging opportunities related to FDI and domestic investments in Indian Railways.
I am sure that the discussion and deliberations during the Conference and Expo shall prove to be useful to the participants and shall also help Indian Railways in adopting certain ideas and suggestions for formulating progressive policies for future development.
I convey my best wishes for the success of the Event.