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ETH Zürich to aid Indian tunnelling skills


India-based railway ministry enterprise Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC) and ETH Zürich have signed an agreement which will enable a new tunnelling school to be established in Goa.

The George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology will primarily be used to train staff working on KRC projects.

KRC has said that it hopes the institute will also “generate qualified and trained personnel for the benefit of other government organisations, private firms and even foreign organisations to bridge the huge gap in levels of knowledge and qualified manpower required to meet the key segment of infrastructure development in India”.

The agreement between KRC and ETH extends beyond tunnelling technology and will also create cooperation in a number of other areas including rolling stock, electrification and train scheduling.

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