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The Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union (LEOU) have from midnight yesterday withdrawn from operating trains having Chinese compartments because of a fault in the brake system.

LEOU Secretary Indika Dodangoda said this matter had been brought to the notice of the General Manager Railways (GMR) and the Ministry during the tenure of the previous government.

“Some 100 Chinese-made compartments have been added to the train service. The GMR assured us he will not file any charge sheet in case of an accident because of the use of such compartments. However, after this government took office, the authorities have filed charge sheets for all previous accidents cause because of the use of such compartments," he said.

Mr. Dodangoda said there were about 200 incidents reported because of the malfunctioning brake system.

He said as a result of similar trade union action launched previously the railway administration gave an assurance to replace the current brake system but however, no action had been taken as yet. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 14

  • Lanka putha Tuesday, 01 September 2020 01:46 PM

    Do they want American ones now. Why not

    BigEars Tuesday, 01 September 2020 01:51 PM

    Ah! The Gota honeymoon is over?

    BigEars Tuesday, 01 September 2020 01:52 PM

    Over to the carriage state minister. Ha Ha Ha!

    Sokrates Tuesday, 01 September 2020 02:33 PM

    Send the scrap back to China and stop to buy such things from that country.

    Neville Gunasekara Tuesday, 01 September 2020 02:37 PM

    Come what may. All China-sponsored ventures in Sri Lanka will have 'no brakes'

    Joshua Tuesday, 01 September 2020 02:40 PM

    Chinese goods don't last long. Ha haa Government is the darling of chinese

    vithura Tuesday, 01 September 2020 03:06 PM

    Only thing from China that lasts long is Corona!

    Raymon Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:23 PM

    Engine Drivers should be thankful to Chinese for supplying with faulty brakes. Imagine your plight, If they have supplied the compartments without wheels and need to be pushed to the destination?. Please be great full to the Chinese .

    Arnold Tuesday, 01 September 2020 04:30 PM

    Minster for Railway tracks, Minister for Railway engines, and Minster for Railway carriages, stand up please.

    MSD Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:45 PM

    Very true indeed. I have experienced travelling by train on these Chinese made railway carriages and they are horrible to say the least. The braking is so bad that passengers get jerked to the bone.

    Kandiah, now living in England Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:51 PM

    The Chinese Compartments were first introduced into Yarl Devi, the famed Jaffna Colombo train, in the 60s. We from Jaffna were very pleased to travel on these compartments because they were spacious and made the journey very smooth by well done shock absorbers attached to each compartment, testament to the Chinese Technology. Any Tamil who lived in Jaffna in the 60s and 70s would vouch for my statement.

    FF Wednesday, 02 September 2020 09:46 AM


    Jehan Wednesday, 02 September 2020 09:46 AM

    CCCC is sanctioned all over the world by US as a terrorist organization for using slaves. What will happen to port city or chin lanka.

    Sanjeeva Weerasekera Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:06 PM

    The same union members visited India and bought useless train engines spending Rs 11 billions. These engines are in the yard now. These are too heavy to run our tracks. The protest may be sponsored by their Indian paymasters. Investigate this and see if what I say is incorrect.

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