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New locos, compartments to be purchased: Minister

22 January 2017 11:20 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Measures had been taken to purchase 160 new railway compartments and 20 locomotive engines for the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR), Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said.

Attending a function to commission a semi-luxury train service between Colombo Fort and Matale on Friday, January 20, he said the Railways Department was considering purchase of special and efficient engines manufactured in the Europe for servicing hill country lines.

The purchase would be made using funds granted by India.

“It will take one-and-half years to receive the locomotive engines after placing an order. Then only can we create a quality railway service. The Government has decided to keep the transport services even it created a loss for the benefit of the people,” the Minister said.

He also said that the railway tracks would also be upgraded to give a quality and speedy, safe and comfortable service.

He also said that the railway tracks would be maintained accordingly.

The SLGR, as a passenger and freight oriented transport sector, had contributed a good service to the public and private sector, he said.

“And also has served well as a working class passenger transport, coal transport, oil transport in the country,” the Minister said.

Therefore, he said the government would not let the service to collapse and that all measures would be taken to develop and maintain the locomotives engines, compartments and railway stations. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 8

  • Ranger Thomas Monday, 23 January 2017 11:02 AM

    This is good, but what we need are power sets for an efficient suburban service when considering about 750,000 people who use the train service daily.. The Railway must be more service oriented by providing good maintenance to running stock. The current situation need to be improved as soon as possible.

    Hassanda Monday, 23 January 2017 11:03 AM

    Wow Good News A semi luxury Train to MataleWill be very happy if same extended beyond MataleFor the Dambula Pilgrims

    Sambo Monday, 23 January 2017 12:44 PM

    He must be full of smiles and very happy these days.

    Rahula Monday, 23 January 2017 04:49 PM

    The Chilaw train service also needs to be upgraded the carriages are old and dangerous. Trains help keep cars and trucks off roads and even if they loose money you gain in not having to upgrade and maintain expensive roads.

    M.M.MIzzeth Monday, 23 January 2017 08:55 AM

    Not only upcountry South also.

    saraprobe Monday, 23 January 2017 09:15 AM

    Indian crap again we do do move on from TATA and Layland aline

    rosebud Monday, 23 January 2017 09:21 AM

    India has one of the most extensive yet one of the most inefficient and unsafe railway networks in the world. Just look up the internet. Why are we purchasing from India via DM Android App

    Jan Monday, 23 January 2017 09:24 AM

    NSD do it Transparent way to impress people via DM Android App

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