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Unions Blame Low Quality Indian Power Sets

Sep 20, 2011 6:18:47 AM - thesundayleader.lk

A railway trade union says the use of low quality power sets imported from India was the cause of the recent train collision in Alawwa.

The JVP affiliated Organization for Protection of the Properties and the Rights of Railway Employees said the transport authorities were trying to blame the railway workers for the accident.

Spokesperson of the organization, Sumathipala Manawadu says the railway authorities needed to discontinue the use of low quality Indian power sets.

He has observed that several warnings by trade union activists about the impending disasters due to the use of such low quality power sets were ignored by the transport authorities.

Manawadu has explained that while railway power sets should be produced with a minimum metallic component of 90 percent, the outer layer of these Indian power sets are largely produced with fibre. He has said it was one of the main reasons for train crashes, malfunctions and derailments in the past few years.

Another reason for the collision was the malfunction in the rail breaks, he has added.

According to Manawadu, the Railway Department had imported 15 power sets this year and one section of a five part power set has been purchased for Rs.250,000.