France and India agree high-speed train and 'smart city' cooperation

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The package of deals, that also include cooperation on energy and education, were inked during Indian PM's ongoing visit to France.

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France will partner India in a study for upgrading the speed on Delhi-Chandigarh rail line to 200 kilometers per hour and help in re-development of Ambala and Ludhiana railway stations, reports NDTV.

France will also help in development of Smart Cities in India to be identified by the host government. These were among the outcomes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's talks with French President François Hollande in Paris.

The two sides signed a Railway protocol which seeks to establish cooperation between Indian and French Railways for semi-high speed rail and station renovation.

Under the protocol, Indian Railways and French National Railways (SNCF) will co-finance an execution study by SNCF for a semi-high speed project on upgradation of the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200 kilometers per hour and re-development of Ambala and Ludhiana railway stations in Punjab.