Worldwide tenders to buy 15 locomotives
The Ministry of Transport has called for worldwide tenders to
purchase 15 locomotives to improve the railway service upcountry, said
Secretary to the Ministry Nihal Somaweera.
The Railway Department operates around 50 locomotives and there is a
shortage of 15. With the new engines a better service could be provided
to major destinations in the country", he said.
The Transport Ministry has been promising a better service for a long
time but commuters continue to face enormous difficulties with a poorly
managed transportation system with inadequate facilities.
The Secretary said that Rs. 3 billion has been allocated to purchase
the locomotives from companies that are well known for manufacturing
engines. Over 20 companies have accepted the documents and would make
known their terms shortly. The closing date for bidding is May 9.
Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry will renovate the Pettah Central
Bus Stand with more facilities before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
The Ministry has taken steps to remove all unauthorised constructions
around the Pettah Central Bus Stand and provide space for a few shops
within the building. "Sanitary facilities, cleaning of garbage and
security in the area will be improved", Somaweera said.
He said the next bus fare revision will be in July according to the
National Transport Commission regulations where fares are revised