Railway unions calls President to stop importing locomotives from India

Nov 30, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Railway Trade Union Alliance has urged the President and Prime Minister to stop importing what they called substandard locomotives from India.

The alliance said that two separate cabinet papers are to be submitted to the cabinet seeking approval to import locomotives, power sets, and railway carriages as well as to construct railways.

Railway Trade Union Alliance has pointed out that the previous M – 8 and M – 10 types of engines imported from India has a very weak level of performance and technical design.

The alliance said twenty S -11 train sets imported from India in 2011 are the weakest type of trains joined their railway fleet.

“Front of these trains have been completed with fiberglass, engine wheels and axles of the carriages are very quickly wear away.” the alliance said.

Railway Trade Union Alliance said usually an engine has a warranty period of 05 years, but India is providing only two years for their engines.

“There are even due payments from suppliers with regard to breakdowns during the warranty period,” the alliance said.

“We don’t even receive required tool kits to repair these engines due to various administrative shortcomings.”

Sri Lanka has 1,567 km of railway lines in the country.

Railway Trade Union Alliance stressed that the labor force at the Railway Department has the capability of constructing a railway less than the cost of China or India.

“Because of various issues, we urged the President and Prime Minister to reject these cabinet proposals.” the alliance further said.

Meanwhile the budget proposed to modernize the Kelani Valley line where the speed and the carrying capacity to be increased.

It also proposed to allow railway track sharing with the private sector to use the railway tracks at a fee for the purpose of transporting goods and for tourism.

A Railways Development Council is also to be established comprising of 5 members appointed by the Government to identify strategies to improve the yield of the underutilized assets of Railway Department.

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Dickie Bird
Dickie Bird
6 years ago

This president to listen to the Railway Unions?? My foot.
Upto now everything decision taken by the President were against grain and the values of the Constitution.
This will be another of those exercises like pouring water on a ducks back.

Garawi
Garawi
6 years ago

The Indian goods are substandard! We all know that. So why do we want to have indian technology here.Chinese were better but the western is superior! Go for the best as we pay for them rather having to replace the inferior stuff no sooner they are installed. Get the Bajaj and indian rickshaw cars too out of the roads!

Ariyawansa
Ariyawansa
6 years ago

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/business/single-view/view/ge-wins-1000-locomotive-indian-railways-deal.html India has contracted to buy 1000 locomotive engines from GE in the USA. and wants to dump substandard Indian locomotives on Sri Lankans???

Sri Lankan
Sri Lankan
6 years ago

Though its costly,I think CGR should import Locomotives from General Motors(Now General Electric)USA which has a very success history in islands railway loco Fleet Eg (M2 & M4).Power sets could be imported from China.S12 Power sets seems good choice.

expat
expat
6 years ago

very few countries make the fossil fuel engines now. most nations are using the electric high speed trains of high quality. GE as many say is one company that still makes high quality engines, but they are expensive and to be very practical may not suit our infrastructure.
there shud be a plan to properly construct the lines so that trains can travel at speeds higher than the nominal 40kmph now they do along kelanivalley line or the 60kmph they do on the anuradhapura line. with proper lines the rail service will be very good for mass transportation. then even the engines will have less problems. travel in a train and feel how much they tilt and swerve, all becoz of the unevenly laid lines.

Nirmalan Dhas
Nirmalan Dhas
6 years ago

One thing is for certain. Neither India nor China should be allowed to construct our railways. That job should be entrusted to Japan. If Japan is unwilling to take on the job then Germany or France or the UK may be considered but NEVER India or China.