The Indian High Commission in Colombo informed that 10 state-of-the-art railway passenger coaches have arrived at the Colombo Port from India, reports ANI.
This is a part of the supply of 160 coaches to Sri Lanka Railways by Rail India Technical and Economic Service Limited (RITES Ltd) which is being financed through an Indian line of credit.
The public sector undertaking RITES Ltd is an engineering consultancy company specializing in the field of transport infrastructure.
Previously, Indian Railways has exported the first state-of-the-art swanky and modern Diesel Multiple Units (DEMU) train rake to Sri Lanka.
The exported DEMU rake was powered by a 1,800 HP onboard engine and had a newly-designed stainless steel aerodynamic front end to reduce drag at high speeds.
Since Sri Lanka has large portions of rail lines along coastal areas, corrosion of the rail coaches is a major challenge. In response, the car body along with all interior fittings were made of authentic stainless steel and special paint was used on the coaches and under-frame to prevent corrosion.
Other new features included plush interiors, GPS-based passenger information system in all coaches, halogen-free rubber flooring, individually revolving seats and the individual audio controls for AC class passengers, special high glass anti-graffiti paint etc.
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