India supplies 20 Rail Coaches
A consignment of 20 railway passenger coaches supplied by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) Ltd and valued at US$ 82.6 million reached Colombo Port on Friday (17), the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said on Saturday (18).
This consignment is a part of the contract to supply 160 passenger coaches to Sri Lanka Railways (SLR), funded under an Indian line of credit of US$ 318 million, it said. With this consignment, a total of 60 coaches out of 160 have been supplied to Sri Lanka and 20 more coaches are ready to be shipped from India, the High Commission added.
The first lot of passenger coaches under this agreement arrived in Sri Lanka in March 2021, following which requisite trials were conducted. These state-of-the-art ‘Indiamade’ modern passenger coaches have been custom-made and built as per the requirements of SLR, the High Commission further said. Under this credit line, RITES Ltd is also scheduled to supply two AC diesel multiple units (DMU) to SLR.
The first AC DMU set (13 coaches) is ready for shipment from India and is waiting for nomination of ship by Sri Lanka, the High Commission said. Among some of the other projects under this line includes upgrading of the railway line from Maho to Omanthai (128 kilometres), Maho-Anuradhapura Signalling project, double tracking of railway line from Polgahawela to Kurunegala, etc., it said. RITES Ltd has previously supplied six DMUs (contract completed in October 2019) and 10 diesel locomotive units (contract completed in June 2020) to Sri Lanka, funded under a separate line of credit, the High Commission said.