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.