100 more carriages for train service
The Railways Ministry has decided to purchase 100 more railway
carriages for the train service.
A Railways Ministry spokesman told the Daily News that the Treasury
has agreed to allocate funds for purchasing the 100 carriages.
"Minister Felix Perera had informed the Cabinet and the Treasury that
funds were urgently needed to purchase carriages since the Railways
Department could not cater to the increasing passenger demand with the
existing number of carriages. Accordingly, the Treasury has agreed to
allocate funds," he said. He said that the carriages will be purchased
According to the Railways Department, it costs the Government around
Rs 25 million to purchase one rail carriage. The shortage of rail
carriages and locomotives is a major problem faced by the Department.
It has been estimated that the service requires at least 300 more
carriages for its daily operations.