Indian Railways is currently investing $140bn in current and future rail projects to upgrade the country's urban transportation network, the authority said ahead of its participation in Middle East Rail 2018 in Dubai.

Shri Mahesh Kumar Gupta, a member of the Indian Railway Board, Indian Railways, will lead a high-profile delegation of railway officials and experts at the event to share more details about the region’s largest railway network’s expansion plans and future growth prospects.

He will also outline opportunities the industry will offer for metro, tram, monorail, long-distance freight and passenger train, and high speed rail.

Indian railways aims to concentrate on major investment projects in the areas of dedicated freight corridor, high speed rail, modernization of signalling system, track and rolling stock maintenance with major emphasis on safety.

Gupta said: “We will highlight some of our achievements, growth prospects and future projections during this two-day event. This kind of events helps in creating awareness about gigantic organisations like Indian Railways, which deals in mega projects such as high speed trains, dedicated freight corridors, electrification, capacity expansion and tech development.”

At Middle East Rail 2018, Indian Railways will be represented by two of its overseas arms – RITES and IRCON International Limited. While RITES deals in the consultancy of transport and infrastructure and export packages of rolling stock, the IRCON is mainly into construction of railway projects.

Middle East Rail 2018, the largest railway industry event across the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asian region, will be held on March 12 and 13 at the Dubai International Convention Centre.