Japan – MC Signs Integrated Railway Systems and Trackwork Contract for North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project in the Philippines

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) hereby announces that it has reached an agreement with the Department of Transportation of the Republic of the Philippines (DOTr) to deliver integrated railway systems for the extension of the North-South Commuter Railway. The contract, which is worth approximately 260 billion yen, was signed on March 3, 2023.

This project is financed through an ODA1 loan granted by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) conditions, which in this case aim to provide safe, accurate and highly reliable railway systems. MC is responsible for designing, manufacturing and installing all the systems2 and will deliver them to DOTr for the extension project of the North-South Commuter Railway.

This project is expected to meet the demand for public transportation on the back of rapid economic growth and population increase in the Philippines and help to improve traffic congestion in that country. The Philippines government is promoting a large-scale infrastructure development program called “Build, Better, More,” in which the North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project is considered a core component. MC’s deliverables will cover the establishment of 27 stations spanning 110 kilometers. This will comprise 55 kilometers in the project’s southern section from Tutuban to Calamba in the Province of Laguna, and 51 kilometers in its northern section from Malolos to Clark International Airport, in the Province of Pampanga.

In the Philippines, there are a lot of transportation project planned to either extend existing train lines or construct new ones. By utilizing its railway business know-how, MC will help the Philippines to upgrade its transportation infrastructure and improve mobility for its people. Furthermore, MC has plans to proactively engage in railway projects promoted by the Japanese government to export high-quality infrastructure. Confident that its experience and knowledge can enhance the region’s quality of life, MC will continue to actively engage in projects that address social issues like traffic congestion and air pollution.

Official Development Assistance

Trackwork, signals, telecommunications, power distribution, overhead contacts, automatic fare collection, platform doors, etc.


Based on the Three Corporate Principles, which serve as MC’s core philosophy, MC has continued to grow together with society by contributing to the sustainable development of society through its business activities while pursuing value creation. MC’s revised “Materiality” was announced in Midterm Corporate Strategy 2024 as a set of crucial societal issues that MC will prioritize through its business activities, towards the strategy’s goal of continuous creation of MC Shared Value (MCSV). Guided by this Materiality, MC will continue to strengthen its efforts towards sustainable corporate growth. Out of the six material issues relating to “Realizing a Carbon Neutral Society and Striving to Enrich Society Both Materially and Spiritually”, this project’s activities particularly support “Promoting Stable, Sustainable Societies and Lifestyles” and “Addressing Regional Issues and Growing Together with Local Communities”.

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Indian Players won men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles, doubles and team titles in USIC International Railway Sports Association Table Tennis Championship organised by Railway Sports Promotion Board at Jaipur

Indian players won men’s and women’s singles, mixed doubles, doubles and team titles in USIC International Railway Sports Association Table Tennis Championship which was organised by North Western Railway Sports Association under the aegis of Railway Sports Promotion Board from 21st November to 25th November 2022 at Jaipur. Total five teams -Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Switzerland and India participated in this prestigious Championship.

The Championship was inaugurated by Mr. Gautam Arora, AGM, NWR on 22nd November 2022. Chairman CTT, USIC Mr.  Sebastian Picca, Director Activity Mr Kevin Lebure, Secretary Railways Sports Promotion Board Mr Prem Lochab, General Secretary North West Railway Sports Association Mr. Anuj Kumar Tayal were present on the occasion. Indian players made the country and Indian Railways proud by securing first position in men’s and women’s team event, doubles in men’s and women’s category, mixed doubles and first place in men’s and women’s singles competition.

Ronit Bhanja of Indian Railways won gold, Siksha Jain silver and Anirban Ghosh bronze medal in men’s singles and Sutirtha Mukherjee of Indian Railways won gold, Dharna Sen silver and Poyamanti Vaishya bronze medal in women’s singles.

Indian Railway players won gold, silver and bronze medals in mixed doubles events. In men’s doubles, the Indian team won gold, silver and France won bronze medals, similarly in women’s doubles, Indian team won gold, Czech Republic won silver and India and Czech Republic players won bronze medals.  In the team event, Indian Railway’s men’s team won gold, France’s silver and Czech Republic won bronze medals and in the women’s section, India won gold, Czech Republic’s silver and France’s bronze medals.

During closing ceremony, Chief Guest Mr. Vijay Sharma, General Manager – North Western Railway honoured the winners with medals and trophies. Mr Deepak Peter  Gabriel Vice President RSPB & PED Railway Board was guest of honour. Mr. Brijesh Kumar Gupta, president  NWRSA and CAO, Mr Gautam Arora AGM, NWR, Mr Prem Lochab, Secretary, RSPB, Mr Anuj Kumar Tayal, Secretary  NWRSA, Mrs Sebastian Picca, Chairman CTT USIC, Mr Kevin Lebure director activity, PHOD’S’, Sports coordinators from RSPB and many officers of Railways were present on the occasion.



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Chairman and CEO/Railway Board inaugurates Iconic Week Celebrations of ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’

Chairman & CEO, Railway Board, Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi inaugurated the Iconic Week Celebrations of the ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’ today in Rail Bhawan. Highlighting the importance of 75 identified stations/27 trains in the freedom struggle, Indian Railways will organize week long celebrations from 18th July-23rd July.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Vinay Kumar Tripathi said, “As a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the event ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations will be held during this week called as Iconic Week, under the overall spirit of Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan, which will showcase the convergence of the values and glories of the freedom struggle of the past with the aspirations and dreams of a young, new and iconic India. This week will culminate with the Milestone function on 23rd July 2022.”

The events of this Iconic Week celebration are focussed both on the Railway Stations and Trains having historical importance. For this, 75 Railway Stations have been identified as Freedom Stations and 27 Trains for Spot Lighting. In all these 75 Stations across 24 states, besides lighting up and decorations, events such as Nukkad Natak in local language, light and sound shows, display of video films/ patriotic songs, etc would be held, with a view to increase the outreach of Janbhagidari. Photo Exhibition and Selfie Point in the backdrop of ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi’ would be set up and remain in these Station premises during the entire iconic week event. On the day of the Milestone Function in Delhi on 23rd July 22, family members of Freedom Fighters from the respective local area will be invited to the Stations to share their story.  

Under the programme Spot Lighting of Trains, 27 identified trains will be flagged off by Freedom Fighter’s family from the originating stations. These trains will be appropriately decorated and historical facts about the trains would be depicted for the benefit of our citizens, particularly the younger generation.

The Iconic Week Celebration will be very impactful across the country and more vibrant around the Freedom Stations & Spotlight Trains to kindle the patriotic spirit in the minds of travelling public and people at large.



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Railway Protection Force (RPF) signs MoU with Association for Voluntary Action (AVA) for a trafficking free nation

Railway Protection Force (RPF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Association for Voluntary Action (AVA) for a trafficking free nation.

With a view to work together with a common goal of making the nation trafficking free, Shri Sanjay Chander, DG/RPF had initiated detailed deliberations with Ms Rajni Sibal, CEO of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) in presence of Shri Kailash Satyarthi on 8th April 2022. The deliberations were taken forward with signing of MoU today wherein both RPF and AVA (also known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan) pledged to work together to share information, build capacity of RPF personnel and railway employees to work against Human Trafficking, increase sensitization and create awareness and also help each other in identification and detection of cases of Human Trafficking. A joint action by both stakeholders under the framework of MoU will definitely enhance the scale, reach and effectiveness of “Operation AAHT” (Action against Human Trafficking) launched by RPF across the nation.

Railway Protection Force is entrusted with the responsibility of security of railway property, passenger area and passengers. It has been discharging responsibility as mandated by the Standardized Operating Procedure for rescue of children issued by Ministry of Railways and working with other stakeholders to rescue more than 50,000 children since 2018 under “Operation Nanhe Farishte”. It has recently launched “Operation AAHT” to take stringent action against human trafficking through rail and has been rescuing victims of Human Trafficking from the clutches of traffickers. In course of its action against traffickers, it has rescued more than 1400 minors including 298 minor girls from the clutches of traffickers. RPF has also set up Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) at more than 740 locations across India instructed to take action against Human Trafficking in coordination of other agencies in this field.

Association of Voluntary Action also known as Bachpan Bachao Andolan, associated with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation was founded in 1979 under the leadership of Nobel laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi with the mission to eliminate all forms of violence against children and to create a world where all children are free, safe and healthy and receive quality education. AVA aims to achieve this mission by collaborative actions, strengthening national & global policies, building capacity of duty bearers, identifying and replicating best practices in the implementation of the policy or regulatory framework relating to child protection. It is a crucial stakeholder with a large network of dedicated field agents and volunteers spread across the nation. The BBA has been sharing information against child trafficking with police/RPF and assisting in arrest of traffickers/rescue of victims and has gathered domain knowledge and expertise in the field of action against child trafficking.

The Indian Railways is the primary transporter for the nation and therefore is a major route for human traffickers for transportation. The RPF personnel deployed at railway stations and trains are strategically positioned to intercept the trafficking before the victim reaches the destination and the exploitation starts. With its strategic positioning and its pan India reach, RPF can supplement the nation’s efforts to curb Human Trafficking.




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Railway Minister reviews COVID Preparedness in all Railway Zones/Divisions

In context of recent surge in COVID cases across the country, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, directed the senior officials of various Railway zones and divisions to facilitate use of Railway hospitals and health infrastructure for general public. Shri V K Tripathi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Railway Board, Board Members and senior officials of the Ministry of Railways along with General Managers (GMs) & Divisional Railway Managers (DRMs) of all Zonal Railways/PUs joined the meeting virtually.

In the review meeting, Shri Vaishnaw examined the following aspects related to COVID Preparedness:

  • Railway Hospital Infrastructure
  • Paediatric Ward functioning
  • Vaccination- Vaccination of Children and staff of Railways including provisioning of booster dose to frontline workers of Railways
  • Availability of medicines, oxygen supply, zeolite stock and other necessary medical support and functioning of ventilators, Liquid Medical Oxygen Tanks, and other equipment which is critical in COVID treatment
  • Commissioning of Oxygen Plants (out of total sanctioned oxygen plants, 78 have already been commissioned and 17 are yet to be commissioned)
  • Creating awareness:

  • Increasing the frequency of announcements at Railway stations about masking up, sanitisation of hands and other precautionary measures
  • Discouraging entry of people without mask at Railway stations
  • Running drives to promote wearing of mask and other precautionary measures
  • To review the running of special trains for/to in case of emergency and/or sudden surge in number of passengers/migrants at Railway stations during current situation of COVID


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