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Jan 27, 2019
1:43PM

‘Uttara Devi’ takes off to Kankesanthurai with new S-13 locomotive power set

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today dedicated to the public newly imported locomotive power set from India to be used for the ‘Uttara Devi’ Colombo-Kankesanthurai train.

The train with the new power set commenced its maiden journey from the Colombo Fort Railway Station this morning and will reach Kankensthurai in afternoon.

Sri Lankan transport minister Arjuna Ranatunga and Indian high commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu were present on the occasion.

The new powerset has been imported from India under Line of credit (LOC) assistance and had its trial run earlier this month.

Four drivers were sent to India for special training on running the new trains. The train has six compartments including an air-conditioned first and second class compartments.

India has provided concessional financing of 1.28 billion dollars for the development of railways in Sri Lanka.

India has also partnered with Sri Lanka in capacity development of Sri Lankan railway employees.
 

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