Date of Post: 12 July, 2018
New Delhi: Indian Railways is all set to export 6 DMU (diesel multiple units) train sets consisting of 78 modern coaches worth Rs 600 crore to Sri Lanka.
As per the delivery schedule finalised by the two countries, the first DMU train set comprising 13 coaches will be shipped out to the Sri Lanka in September while the rest will follow by year-end.
The train will have 3 different type of coaches-
- AC Executive Class
- 2nd Class
- 3rd Class
- All train sets would be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.
- As per the Sri Lankan requirement, they will only have seating facility.
- DMU train sets do not require separate locomotives as the engines are incorporated into one or more of its coaches.
- A senior railway official said,”The design of coaches is being finalised as per the customer’s choice and ICF has fully geared up to meet the export order in time.”
- The first rake shipment will take place in September after which it will be put on trial run on Sri Lankan rails.
- The official said,”There will be oscillation trial of the first rake which will be followed by shipment of five more rakes by the year-end or early next year.”
- ICF manufactured 2,500 coaches last year and has a target of 3,000 in the current fiscal.
About the contract-
- The contract will be funded under the Indian Line of Credit to Sri Lanka announced in 2011.
- In order to foster regional cooperation with these countries, the government has been extending various lines of credit for funding railway projects for export of Indian Railways-manufactured locomotives & rolling stock.