The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on bilateral cooperation in the road transport and highways sector, to be signed between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, UAE.
The proposed MoU envisages increased cooperation, exchange and collaboration between India and the UAE, and will contribute to increased investment in infrastructure development and enhance logistics efficiency. This will help in promoting safe, economical, efficient and environmentally sound road transport in the country and will further help both the countries in creating an institutional mechanism for cooperation in the field. The salient features of the MoU are:
Exchange and sharing of knowledge and cooperation in the area of transportation technologies and transport policies, for passenger and freight movement by road.
Planning, administration and management of road infrastructure, technology and standards for roads/highways construction and maintenance.
Sharing of information and best practices for developing road safety plans and road safety intervention strategies, and outreach activities aimed at reducing deaths and injuries resulting from road accidents.
Sharing of knowledge and best practices in user-fee (toll)-related issues, including modern systems, technologies and methods of levying user-fee and collection including electronic toll collection system.
Sharing of information areas of improved technologies and materials in road and bridge construction, including joint research.
Sharing of information and cooperation for mobilising investments for setting up logistics parks, freight logistics, transportation warehousing and value-added services as an enabler and as a catalyst of economic growth and seamless freight movement.