New locomotives to hasten rail project
Three new locomotives, built at India's Diesel Locomotive Works,
Varanasi, have arrived at the Colombo Port to speed up the Northern Rail
project. These Locomotives are for the Sri Lanka Railway as part of the
ongoing Northern Railway reconstruction project.
IRCON, General Manager S L Gupta said that three more locomotives
would also be supplied to the Sri Lanka Railway under the Northern
Railway project shortly. "These rail projects spreading over 250
kilometres in length are being funded as part of $ 800 million line of
credit extended by the Indian Government."
Joint General Manager, Mechanical, Kamal Singla, General
Manager, Sri Lanka, S.L. Gupta and Joint General Manager,
Finance of IRCON International Limited, Alin Roy Choudhary.
Ircon International Limited, a state owned construction firm of
India, operating under the Indian Railways is executing the 252 km-long
northern railway track reconstruction project.
It was set up in 1976 by the Government of India as a wholly owned
entity of the Ministry of Indian Railways and was then known as the
Indian Railway Construction Company Limited.
"As the name indicates, initially, its primary charter was the
construction of railway projects in India and abroad. Subsequently, the
company diversified into the other transport infrastructure segments
with its expanded and diversified scope of operations across the world,"
"IRCON's growth to become a global construction firm was steady and
fast. It has been a consistent winner of the 'Highest Foreign Exchange
Earner' award in the construction sector in India for many years
competing with many private construction companies."
"Under the Indian lines of credit, these railway lines from
Medawachchiya to Talaimannar Pier and Omanthai to Kankesanthurai are
being reconstructed. An ultra modern signalling and telecommunication
system is also being installed under these lines of credit," said Gupta.
Being a state-owned construction company under Indian Railways and
being globally recognised railway infrastructure builders, IRCON was the
natural choice for this reconstruction project funded by the Government
of India. When reconstructed, the track will be a modern railway line.
The Kalutara-Matara coastal railway line segment is also being
upgraded by IRCON. The track is designed for a speed of 120 kmph with a
smooth and comfortable riding quality.
Modern technology, such as flash butt welding, long welded rails,
cast manganese steel crossing with standard turnouts are being used in
the reconstruction. "No wooden sleepers have been used in constructing
the entire track thus aiding forest conservation," said Gupta.
The project which has created employment opportunities for 2,000 Sri
Lankans directly and many more thousands indirectly, will help the
people of the Northern Province have a continuous train service from
Jaffna or Talaimannar to Colombo once these railway lines become
"IRCON and the Government of India are pleased to be part of Sri
Lanka's development, while further strengthening the ties of friendship
and solidarity between our two countries," said Gupta.
Ircon is a one of the largest engineering construction organisations
of India and are pioneers in railway construction.