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The ‘Uttara Devi’ train commenced its maiden journey this morning from the Fort Railway Station to Kankesanthurai Station in Jaffna.

President Maithripala Sirisena flagged off the new train during a ceremony and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu were also present.

The President and High Commissioner travelled on board the train for some time, while Minister continued till Jaffna.

The train set consists of 06 compartment – two of which are air-conditioned – and can carry 724 passengers.

The train (self-propelled Diesel Multiple Unit-DMU) was procured under Indian concessional financing by Sri Lanka Railways.

The ceremony was also attended by Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation L.P. Jayampathy, General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways M.J. D. Fernando, Chairman and Managing Director of M/s RITES Ltd., Rajeev Mehrotra.

 

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DMU manufactured by M/s RITES Ltd. is a thirteen-coach train set. The train set has best-in-class passenger amenities with fully rotating seats in the Air-Conditioned Chair Cars, on-board Infotainment system, GPS-based passenger information system and modular interiors. It can travel at a maximum speed of 120 kmph. It will offer both comfort and speed to passengers, as a next level of the travel experience, the Indian High Commission said.

The contract agreement for the supply of 6 DMUs and 10 locomotives to the Sri Lanka Railways has signed between M/s RITES Ltd., India and Sri Lanka Railways in March 2017.

The total contract is worth around US$ 100 million and is financed under Indian concessional financing. The first set of DMU arrived in Sri Lanka in December 2018 ahead of schedule and is now being commissioned into Sri Lanka Railways after completion of trial runs. The supply of rest of DMUs and locomotives will be complete during the course of this year.

In addition, 50 wagons are also being supplied to Sri Lanka railways under Indian concessional financing which will also be delivered this year. 500 buses will also be supplied to Sri Lanka under Indian concessional financing, according to the Indian High Commission.

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  • Unchikun Sunday, 27 January 2019 02:33 PM

    In the 60s when I was a high school kid we had new coaches and locos and there was no ceremonies to flag them off. These coaches and locos are still in service. I am not sure how long crap will last and this makes way for more ceremonies. Nice!

    Ahmed Sunday, 27 January 2019 02:38 PM

    looks like a train from 1970s. we are going backwards in a world of lrt,mrt and bullet trains. our country is buying trains from india when india wants to buy bullet trains from japan for their country.

    Well said Monday, 28 January 2019 08:11 AM

    well said.

    ice Monday, 28 January 2019 08:33 AM

    Very true. India is investing in high tech, while tax payers money is used for expired technology from India. We are being dumped all the rotten garbage from India! When will this stop!

    Raman Monday, 28 January 2019 08:44 AM

    India orders Japanese trains cos it has the infrastructure to run them. We don't. It's simple, no?.India doesn't live on loans, SL does.

    Ramesh Monday, 28 January 2019 09:44 AM

    Very True India is far advance than us

    raaj Monday, 28 January 2019 08:09 AM

    before increase the no of new train, please increase the speed of the trains.

    Arnold Monday, 28 January 2019 08:14 AM

    I suddenly feel I went back in time to the 1950s.

    Arnold Monday, 28 January 2019 08:42 AM

    I suddenly feel I went back in time to the 1950s.

    gamini Monday, 28 January 2019 12:54 PM

    our people like anything Chinese, even if it does not work


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