The Union Cabinet chaired by the PM Narendra Modi approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and the United Kingdom on 8 January 2020. The MoU aimed for enabling Energy Self-Sufficiency for Indian Railways. It was signed by the Ministry of Railways with Department for International Development, Government of the United Kingdom on 2 December 2019.
♦ The countries agreed on the scope of activities to be undertaken as a part of the endeavor for enabling energy efficiency and energy self-sufficiency for the Indian Railways.
♦ The MoU empowers the parties to govern the subject matter in their respective countries, endeavour to take necessary steps to enable energy efficiency and energy self-sufficiency for Indian Railways.
♦ They agreed for Energy planning for Indian Railways including the Solar & Wind Energy sector, Adopting energy efficiency practices, Enabling Fuel efficiency, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure deployment, Battery operated Shunting Locomotives.
♦ It also approves capacity development like training programmes, industrial visits, field visits, etc. or any other form co-operation may be approved in writing by the Participants.