An Italian rail safety company, Italcertifer, is considering the possibilities of providing ‘Eye Level safety’ in urban Metro and Mono Rail projects. At a meeting held during the recently concluded Bengal Global Business Summit, the Italian delegation held discussions on ‘Eye Level safety’ services.

With its knowledge and national and international accreditations, Italcertifer provides a wide range of services related to certification, inspection and thirdparty compliance assessment for the rail industry. “We cater to safety services in high speed rail projects specially driver less systems. Our safety services are well known across Europe and other parts of the world.

“We are also providing services of rail signals and it would be of immense mutual benefit for both sides if there was exchange of our safety technology to facilitate eye level safety for passengers as the city supports a huge population and a successful governance gives prime importance to safety along with swiftness of transport,” said Mr Carmine Zappacosta, CEO of Italcertifer.

The Italian delegation was led by ArtValley, who organised and brought 30 delegates for the second year in a row. Apart from MoUs already signed in leather sector, there were delegates from railway sector with expertise in railway hardware, railway braking and tension devices. The delegates from rail sector have considered Bengal as a fertile ground to showcase their established service specially in the light of the fact that the state is undertaking the completion of its extensive Metro Rail project to shorten surface travel.

Plans are afoot to extend East West Metro to the Airport to link major transportation hubs together. The Railways have already approved an extension till Haldiram on VIP Road. This apart, there is a proposal for Mono rail project in Rajarhat.

The safety of mass movement of people and goods ultimately impacts the lives of its people and credibility of its government’s infrastructure standards. In such a light, a mutual collaboration between Italy and Bengal will be of mutual benefit.