The Railway Department is prepared to inject life to another six defunct locomotives with the support of the Arthur C. Clarke Centre.
Seven locomotives imported from France in the year 2000 were taken out from service after three years due to technical faults. If these are to be entrusted to a foreign firm for repairs, it would incur an expenditure of over 105 million rupees. However, the Railway department has teamed up with the Arthur C. Clarke Centre to repair these locomotives.
The first trial in this effort has reaped successful results. The repair of other engines has commenced under the second stage. As a result, the Railways department had succeeded in saving millions of rupees that would have been drained out of the country. The set of proposals of the Arthur C. Clarke Centre to provide the technical know-how was handed over at the Railways department today.
Minister Prof. Tissa Witharana and Deputy Minister Rohana Dissanayake were present at this ceremony.