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Indian Railways will supply modern locomotives and train sets worth Rs.6.8 billion to Sri Lanka, in what could be described as the largest export order for the public transport sector, the PTI reported today.

Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), a railways PSU, has secured its largest export order from Sri Lanka Railways for the supply of 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives and six DMU (diesel multiple units) train sets.

DMU train sets do not require separate engines because they are incorporated into one or more of its coaches.

A senior Railway Ministry official said all locomotives and train sets would be equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and manufactured in Varanasi and Chennai.

He said the contract would be funded under the Indian Line of Credit to Sri Lanka announced in 2011 and supplies would be made over the next two years.

RITES, which also serves as the export arm of the railways, is at present executing a contract for the supply of 18 locomotives to Myanmar Railways.

It had earlier exported 20 DMU train sets, three locomotives to Sri Lanka, besides providing expertise for setting up railway maintenance facilities and training of the island nation's railway officials during 2008 to 2012.

Supplies of locomotives from Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi will be completed in 2017-18.

RITES has also actively pursued the export of locomotives and passenger coaches to the Bangladesh Railway.

It has been the endeavour of RITES to facilitate rail infrastructure development in the South Asian countries, particularly in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.

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  • BLUE v RED Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:28 AM

    ..... but they export POOR QUALITY products to Sri Lanka Compare BLUE colored power sets with RED ones..

    Lanka Perera Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:43 AM

    Do we have money to buy premium engines from European countries?...

    Lanka Perera Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:44 AM

    Those are from france and during CBK time.

    haris Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:07 PM

    Australia recently rejected Indian built locomotives

    Channa Monday, 17 April 2017 08:00 PM

    This why India wants M3 to be in power. More and more poor quality Indian stuff will reach SL . It is better to buy good quality ones even if we are paying more as we can use those ones for long time with less troubles. At the end of the day we loose more with cheap indian stuffs.

    AjithZ Monday, 17 April 2017 08:55 PM

    Didn't we get down some fitted with ship engines some time back? Hope these are better and suitable for our tracks.

    Ahmed Monday, 17 April 2017 09:03 PM

    this is why we cant develop like south east asia. when south east asian countries import trains from japan and south korea our country is importing trains from india. trains in sri lanka look like trains that should be kept in the museum. foreign kids can learn history from sri lankan train stations

    seqi Monday, 17 April 2017 09:06 PM

    quality needs be improved once railway employees get to look after the stuff they got.....no point putting good money after bad via DM Android App

    sini Tuesday, 18 April 2017 03:13 PM

    Yes, India itself is buying trains from Japan. So Srilanka also should buy either from Japan or China. They are selling Bullet trains. Other wise, they can buy Euro train from Europe.

    sini Tuesday, 18 April 2017 03:16 PM

    Total bluff. Australia never wanted from India and India never offered to Australia.

    concern Monday, 17 April 2017 09:20 PM

    Not sure if this will ever take place just like other verbal investments.However now the priority is getting the garbage issue resolved. If you could find the funds and resources for these India locomotives sure enough you could do the same for garbage too.

    nick Monday, 17 April 2017 09:20 PM

    oh not again we want to go into future even India buy their trains from China and Japan how one earth we buy from India this so a clear fraud once again tax payers money in water via DM Android App

    MSD Tuesday, 18 April 2017 03:39 PM

    Those of us who have travelled extensively on the Sri Lankan railway network and on the Indian railway network, can say as a matter of fact, that the Sri Lankan railway network and it's rolling stock is very much a dinosaur.

    AZAB Monday, 17 April 2017 09:51 PM

    original cost will be 2 billions ...other 5 billions commission.. via DM Android App

    rosebud Monday, 17 April 2017 10:00 PM

    First Indian tuk tuks to pollute the environment and now trains Why do we get Indian rubbish into this country via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:20 PM

    Because fools like you only know to talk like this and then go buy from India tuk tuk.

    Savan Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:40 AM

    FYI MR bought a lot of Indian locomotivs when he was in power.

    rosahan Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:48 AM

    India Has Improved in its Quality of Manufacturing Locomotives

    Jonna Rox Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:32 AM

    What's happening with the LRT system????


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