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Railway TUs Blame Authorities

Sep 21, 2011 8:13:36 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Several trade unions affiliated to the railway sector today said the recent train collision in Alwwa could have been prevented if the recommendations made by previous committees on train accidents and derailments.

The train collision in Alawwa last Saturday resulted in the death of three persons.

The All Ceylon Railway Workers Union President S. P. Withanage says that the committee appointed to inquire into the collision should hold an impartial inquiry and the transport authorities should ensure that the recommendations of the committee are implemented.

Spokesperson for the Organization for the Protection of the Properties and the Rights of Railway Employees, Sumathipala Manawadu noted that transport authorities who imported power sets and train engines of inferior quality ignoring protests raised by the unions should be held accountable for the collision.

He said the power sets that were imported are low fiber power sets.

According to Manawadu, the transport authorities had imported the Indian S11 power sets despite objections raised by the Railway Department.

Meanwhile, the Railway Technicians Association General Secretary M. A. Ratnasiri pointed out that Rs. 1.7 million had been spent recently to import each of the 10 M9 engines fromFrance.

However, the engines were not suitable for use on local railway tracks since the engines were too heavy.