The Indian supplier of the 20 power sets to the Sri Lanka Railways, Rites Ltd has accepted that the inaugural journey of the Indian locomotives stalled due to a technical failure on their power set circuits.
The government has put a purchase order for 20 power setsb from India at a cost of US$ 70 million, (approximately Rs. 7.5 billion). However, the inaugural journey from Matara to Colombo on March ran to a snag when the power set was broken down near Hikkaduwa.
Transport Minister Kumara Welgama ordered an inquiry and suspended the contract, a spokesman of the Transport Minister said.
He said the Executive Director of the Indian company, V.K.Jaine accepted the electrical circuit failure at a discussion held today at the Ministry chaired by Minister Welgama and attended by Minister Dammika Perera. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Comments - 22
Banti Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:26 PM
Way to MR's Gov!! First waste our money and then suspend the contract.. That's what you people always did.. Spend money on expired medicine then later suspend the contract.. Build roads and when it's not up to standard suspend the contractor. Is this what you call the miracle of Asia, speak to yourselves...
abc Saturday, 26 March 2011 12:25 AM
Ah, Ah, Ah china coming more commission
Nihal Fernando Saturday, 26 March 2011 01:46 AM
Their air defence system was a failure in Sri Lanka and now the power sets.
Kalu Sudda Saturday, 26 March 2011 03:08 AM
Purchases from India should only be restricted to Onions,Chillies,Garlic and Masoor Dhal.
Cobra Saturday, 26 March 2011 03:53 AM
It doesn't matter how, the point is it failed on its maiden journey, didn't it?
Roni Saturday, 26 March 2011 04:59 AM
Find out the 7.5 billion worth puzzle....
poor lankan Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:07 AM
If anything can go wrong it will ....
trim Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:15 AM
get rid of indian stuff and buy better things if sri lanka to be a wonder land.
ANees Sunday, 27 March 2011 07:44 AM
commission would have been claimed highly
nalin Friday, 25 March 2011 01:32 PM
Was it a fixed so that we would buy the Chinese Power sets???
lokka Friday, 25 March 2011 01:33 PM
Good move, Prevention is better than cure.. No more Indian trains please..!!
Genarath Friday, 25 March 2011 02:07 PM
never buy INDIAN STUFF
Suba Anagatayak Friday, 25 March 2011 02:27 PM
no safe for travellers....this a cheating...we can see every time in india there are railway accidents...so becareful
Commonsense Friday, 25 March 2011 02:28 PM
Why we cant assess before buying these machines? we have good engineers in our country..
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 25 March 2011 02:40 PM
Wires crossed ? Whatever it is, we cant get away from the obligation of getting new power sets from India, just like we got inferior medicines from Indian suppliers some time back.
dharshan Friday, 25 March 2011 02:50 PM
chinese powersets best option.stop buying barakaratta from india.
USA Friday, 25 March 2011 02:55 PM
Now who is be charged, the purchasing director of CGR, Minister or The Cabinet
rosh Friday, 25 March 2011 03:54 PM
except those n papadam
Darwin Friday, 25 March 2011 04:15 PM
Was there a tendering process and how was these power sets evaluated.
ruwanga Friday, 25 March 2011 04:34 PM
Never buy Indian and never work with Indians. Talking from experience here!
Lokka Friday, 25 March 2011 04:55 PM
politicians are the genius. they do not listen to engineering opinions. engineers are useless in sri lanka.
Kamal Friday, 25 March 2011 07:22 PM
except for parippu...
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