India and the UAE are exploring opportunities to boost their ties in the road infrastructure sector and mass transit projects.

India’s ambassador to the UAE M.K. Lokesh has held a meeting with a senior official of the UAE’s Roads and Transport Authority to explore cooperation, an official release said here.

The meeting with Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA, was held in the context of RTA’s objectives to build and foster the existing cooperative relations at the local, regional and international levels.

India is looking to boost cooperation and exchange expertise with the RTA, especially in mass transit projects as the Indian Government is undertaking a wide-ranging network of railways in different states, the release quoted Lokesh as saying.

The two sides engaged in discussions aimed at giving a further boost to the existing cooperation, and sharing expertise between the RTA and its counterparts in India as well as the Indian firms operating in rail, roads and transportation sectors.

They also touched on future road and infrastructure projects contemplated in Dubai.

Al-Tayer also briefed the Indian diplomat on the key projects currently undertaken by the RTA with a view to upgrading the infrastructure in terms of road networks and various types of transit means such as the Metro, public buses, water transport, taxis etc to cater to the rising growth in population, projects and urbanisation, the release said.

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