Indian power sets suspended

2011-03-14 16:22:36

The government suspended the import of 17 power sets (trains) from India, until the completion of the ongoing investigations into the quality of the recently imported power set from India, a minister said.

The first three power sets of a fleet of 20 were imported and one of them was put on track last Friday for the Ruhunu Kumari office train.

The inaugural journey faced a snag when the power set came to an abrupt halt near Hikkaduwa on its journey to Colombo from Matara last week. The new power set reached Colombo Fort two hours past the scheduled time. “We have already initiated an investigation into the suitability of these Indian locomotives. We cannot let waste public funds for spurious imports,” Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.

Minister Welgama also expressed his reservations about the quality of these power sets imported from India under an Indian Credit Line and added that a thorough test on the technical performance and the safety of passengers had to be conducted before the Indian power sets are put on track.

“I have appraised President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner Ashok Kanth about the developments,” Minister Welgama stressed.
The Sri Lanka Railways would never hesitate to terminate the contract to import power sets if the investigation report recommends so, he said. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

  Comments - 36

  • hirushi Monday, 14 March 2011 16:38

    comission ekath return karanawada,mee second hand engine gennanna gaththa?

    Reply : 9       84

    dharshan Tuesday, 15 March 2011 08:39

    plz send cancelld the order and send this barakaratta back 2 india,chnese powerset is best option.

    Reply : 0       5

    Hybrid Monday, 14 March 2011 17:12

    You have had your share, why are you worried? Let the travellers go to hell!!. First Chinese power sets, now Indian crap!!!

    Reply : 12       86

    Ranger Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:10

    I am a train traveler and the Chinese power sets and loco compartments have proved it's worthiness. Made in China is OK.

    Reply : 4       15

    Dinithi Monday, 14 March 2011 17:15

    So were these put in to track even before testing their quality? What if these derailed and killed people? Now only you remember to test these? Unbelievable!!

    Reply : 7       81

    jay Monday, 14 March 2011 17:42

    10 year old power set's, what to investigat on its quality

    Reply : 4       61

    Bocaza Monday, 14 March 2011 17:49

    Made in India :D

    Reply : 6       53

    ThinukaThinuka Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:40

    Better avoid India much as possible, Never believe Indians or their products.

    Reply : 6       10

    sunilb Monday, 14 March 2011 17:53

    Indian goods never up to SriLankan standards.

    Reply : 6       74

    welgama Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:41

    why so many Maruti cars in SL???

    Reply : 4       8

    Rajan Tuesday, 15 March 2011 07:21

    Because they are Suzuki technology

    3       4

    rosh Monday, 14 March 2011 17:59

    Bambuwa thamai, If they insist, GOSL will buy more of those craps. Good for "Parana Yakada"only- Typical indian junk with inferior quality.

    Reply : 4       61

    MK Monday, 14 March 2011 18:00

    Assaya giya pasu isthalaya waseema!!!

    Reply : 2       42

    Kane Monday, 14 March 2011 18:02

    It should hve been doen prior to the first running keepin in mind of the safety of the public and employees.

    Reply : 1       39

    karbutha Monday, 14 March 2011 18:16

    chintanaya is working upside down...on the opening ceremony itself.........public realised that government wasted public that has lighten up with proof..... molay wadiya pahunama ohmatamai wane..... suba chintanayk suba anagatayk

    Reply : 3       38

    Haneed Monday, 14 March 2011 18:19

    indians , lankawata ...baddu kochchiyak awada aney manda.... apey janatawagy sali tika kamata bahat na ney...lanka tiyana awa pavichi karanatuwa...

    Reply : 1       24

    COFFEE LOVER Monday, 14 March 2011 18:20

    Only Textiles, Films, Medias are good in India,

    Reply : 8       46

    wand Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:50

    Even the media can be categorised as a waste of valuabel time which can be used for something productive.

    Reply : 1       2

    srinath.gunaratne Monday, 14 March 2011 19:04

    Who on earth buy this crap? At least buy from south korea

    Reply : 2       53

    Elaris Monday, 14 March 2011 19:10

    Quality control testing should have been done before importing these engines by our technical staff in India.

    Reply : 2       49

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 15 March 2011 03:10

    Nothing like the Canadian Engines of lore.

    Reply : 1       28

    Suith Wijesingha Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:07

    That's right, those M4 locomotives are still running upto Batti & Trinco.

    Reply : 1       8

    dass Tuesday, 15 March 2011 03:15

    Who is to put the blame on now? Minister is talking like powerset was imported by UNP ha ha

    Reply : 1       3

    knight Rider Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:26

    why not produce our own trains

    Reply : 3       15

    Gotukola Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:44

    Start with a tricycle!

    Reply : 2       6

    Ane Anichchan Tuesday, 15 March 2011 04:49

    Good things no cheap - Cheap things no good!

    Reply : 2       6

    Mushi Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:13

    As usual, India screws SL.

    Reply : 2       10

    asha Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:29

    Hats Off....
    Hon. Minister....
    Go ahead...

    Reply : 1       5

    Ruksha Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:50

    who went to India to check these trains from Sri Lankan railway? An accountant?

    Reply : 1       7

    Athula Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:23

    The train could no be commsioned but the deal was commissionable

    Reply : 1       5

    Sunil Lanka Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:33

    wHY? Is it possible get Tsunami caught trains from Japan for a beeter deal

    Reply : 3       3

    Manisha Tuesday, 15 March 2011 07:19

    pls send back to indian...we dont need cheater' train with low quality and which can harm public at any time

    Reply : 1       4

    Dalugamaya Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:07

    Remember the French diesal engines fitted with Swiss marine engines which achandrika Kumaratnga imported which refuesd to run on track?

    Reply : 0       1

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