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World Bank approached to set up rail Infra fund

Govt has permitted 100 per cent FDI in rail sectors

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Mar 2 2016 2:33PM | Updated Date: Mar 2 2016 2:33PM

World Bank approached to set up rail Infra fund

 The World Bank has been approached to explore the possibility of setting up of a Railway Infrastructure Development Fund, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said.

 
"The World Bank has taken up a detailed scoping and options study for creating such a fund," he said in Lok Sabha during Question Hour. 
 
The Minister said the government has permitted 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in rail sectors like construction, operation and maintenance of the suburban corridor projects, high speed train projects, dedicated freight lines, rolling stock including train sets and locomotives or coach manufacturing and maintenance facilities. 
 
Prabhu said railway electrification, signalling systems, freight terminals, passenger terminals, infrastructure in industrial park pertaining to railway lines and mass rapid transport system are other areas where 100 per cent FDI were permitted.