Sri Lanka Railways has taken steps to import an air-conditioned train with the capacity of 550 seats, which would facilitate intercity travel.
General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Dhammika Jayasundara said they will be able to deliver a much better service to passengers who travel long distance.
Speaking to media at the Department of Government Information today, the General Manager said steps are been taken to modernise the railway service.
He assured that the government has pledged its support to assist in the development efforts of Sri Lanka Railways and therefore decided to import 160 train compartments from India, of which 50 have been delivered.
Jayasundara also shared that they have formulated plans to extend the country’s main railway line up to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
He also commented on the need to introduce electric powered trains to run between Panadura and Veyangoda, since around 70% of the total rail commuters use the train line from Polgahawela to Kalutara.
General Manager of Railways Dhammika Jayasundara claimed that although plans were drafted to introduce electricity powered trains in Sri Lanka they were postponed on numerous occasions due to lack of facilities and expertise.
However he assured that an electric train service will be established in Sri Lanka in the coming years.
Jayasundara added that this project could double the commuter capacity transported by SLR up to 400,000 passengers daily.