A contract agreement for around US$ 82.64 million for the supply of 160 passenger coaches from India under concessional financing was signed between RITES Limited and Government of Sri Lanka in Colombo on 7 September 2018.
The contract agreement was signed by Mukesh Rathore, Director (Technical), RITES Ltd. and G.S. Withanage, Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka.
The passenger coaches will be custom-made in India to suit the requirements of Sri Lanka Railways.
A Line of Credit (LoC) Agreement of US$ 318 million for procurement of railway rolling stock and upgradation of rail tracks was signed between EXIM Bank of India and Government of Sri Lanka in June 2017 in Colombo.
The current contract agreement for supply of 160 passenger coaches will be covered under this LoC.
Procurements of rolling stock from India which are underway also include 6 DMUs, 10 locomotives, 20 container carrier wagons and 30 fuel tank wagons. RITES Ltd. will be supplying the DMUs and locomotives, whereas Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd. will be supplying the wagons.
India has already completed projects close to US$ 1 billion under concessional financing in the railway sector in Sri Lanka.
This project is in continuation of India’s efforts to partner with Sri Lanka in people-oriented connectivity projects in Sri Lanka.