The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria on technology cooperation in the road infrastructure sector on Wednesday.
The MoU aims to create an effective framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of road transportation, road and highway infrastructure development, management and administration, road safety and intelligent transport systems between both countries. It will further strengthen ties, promote long-standing bilateral relations and enhance trade and regional integration between the two countries.
India has had good diplomatic relations with Austria since the establishment of bilateral ties between the two countries in 1949. Both countries share a history of friendly economic and diplomatic relations. Austria has state-of-the-art technologies for roads and highways, such as electronic toll systems, intelligent transportation systems, traffic management systems, tunnel monitoring system, geo-mapping and landslide protection measures.
The India-Austria bilateral cooperation in the road transport sector would be beneficial both from the perspective of enhanced road safety as well as attractive financing possibilities for the sector.
The MOU was signed by the Additional Secretary, MoRTH KC Gupta and the Ambassador of Austria in India, Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer.