Written by Keshala Dias
22 Mar, 2017 | 9:16 pm
A possible malpractice at the Sri Lanka Railways was brought to you by News1st, on Tuesday, March 21. The possible malpractice was reported at the Sri Lanka Railways with regard to the purchasing of locomotives for the upcountry railway line.
News1st delves deeper into the issue today, March 22.
The Sunday Observer reported recently that Sri Lanka Railways plans to import twelve locomotives ‘7FDL’ diesel engines from the General Electric (GE) for use in the upcountry service line.
The article alleges that the tender specifications were inexplicably weighted towards those of the GE engine to limit the number of eligible bidders.
Today, News1st has learned that the prior to finalising the tender specifications, a delegation from Sri Lanka Railways traveled to Tibet on an assessment and study tour of GE locomotives.
The delegation of four members also included the General Manager of Railways B. A. P. Ariyaratne.
According to sources, the study tour had been funded by General Electric.
The report adds that, globally, the 7FDL engines have experienced “catastrophic failures that have resulted in significant damage and locomotive fires across the globe”.
News1st’s multiple attempts to contact General Manager of Railways B. A. P Ariyaratne proved to be futile.
However, Railway Officials speaking to Newsfirst stated that as the tender has not been finalised they could not comment on the matter adding that they have not received information regarding failures of the 7FDL engine.
Speaking to News1st, Deputy Minister of Transport Ashok Abeysinghe noted that he is aware of the tender to import the locomotives adding that he would investigate into the matter and reveal further details.
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