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Sri Lanka Railways to buy more rolling stock

Jun 20, 2015 06:41 AM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s railway department plans to buy more rolling stock fleet to meet increased demand and enhance passenger and freight services, government spokesman Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

The government also wants to encourage a shift in transport from road to rail, he told a news conference.

He said the cabinet of ministers had approved a proposal by Minister of Internal Transport Ranjith Madduma Bandara to buy 18 sets of diesel multiple units, 160 passenger coaches, and 30 oil tank wagons.

The need for new rolling stock has arisen with the resumption of train services to the former northern war zone after tracks destroyed in the conflict were rebuilt.

funds for the new rolling stocks are to be allocated in next year's government budget.


 

2 Comments

  1. sacre-blieu June 22, 09:21 AM

    It is high time this treasure of an economic source is approached with a new management plan to fit in with the current needs and technical updating and should also have a limited partnership with the private sector specially the Tourist section and make the optimum use of such a magnificient resource.

  2. Vernon June 21, 11:20 AM

    It is more profitable to the nation to use rail transport during night shift.Most of the lines are not busy.And also the time taken will be less.Fuel,Tea,Fertilizer can easily transport in this way.More expenditure occurs as fuel on road.causes time and national waste can be reduced.

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