Jan 20, 2016 (LBO) – The Transport Ministry is to call open tenders to purchase locomotives for Sri Lanka Railways allowing a German company to forward their bids, Deputy Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said.
Deputy Minister told LBO that the ministry wants to allow other bidders besides India to forward their bids in this regard.
The cabinet last month approved a proposal to purchase 12 locomotives and 09 power sets to be operated in the upcountry line.
“We told the German company who interested in this to forward their bids when we call the tenders. But they have to forward their bids including a credit line,” Abeysinghe said.
A credit line is a credit source extended to a government that can readily be tapped at the borrower’s discretion and thereby Interest is paid only on money actually withdrawn.
The cabinet last month decided to purchase locomotives and carriages and to renovate the railway signal system using balance funds of 40 million US dollars of the Northern Railway Development Project under Indian Loan Assistance Scheme.