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Committee to probe irregular railway purchases

Minister visits Maligawatte yard :
Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the Maligawattte railway yard yesterday. Pictures by Saman Sri Wedage.
Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at the Maligawattte railway yard yesterday. Pictures by Saman Sri Wedage.

Passenger Transport Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera will appoint an independent committee to inquire into irregular purchases made by the Railways Department during the past few years.

“This Committee is tasked to prepare a report with recommendations within two weeks.We will implement the committee recommendations," he said.

The Minister had made this decision after Department trade union representatives apprised the Minister that irregularities had taken place when making purchases for the department during the past few years.

Amaraweera also made a visit to the Department’s stores complex in Maligawatte following a tip off he received over irregular activities taking place at the stores complex.

The Minister found a massive stock of new and old fans used in passenger trains and the technical officers had apprised the Minister that spare parts brought to repair these fans are of inferior quality.

The technical officcers told the Minister that these fans have been purchased at over Rs. 20,000 each and these fans had malfunctioned within a few days after fixing the spareparts.

Minister also found a stock of new fans gathering rust in an unused compartment which is used to store new fans at the Maligawatte yard.

The trade union representatives also pointed out that ten railway engines brought to the country by previous government are heavier than the engines currently used by the department.

They said that two such engines toppled during the test run.The Minister said that this independent committee will look into all purchases made by the department and the committee will comprise experts who have no involvement with the department.

Trade union representatives said the department has also appointed a committee to study the purchase of new train engines and this committee is chaired by a person who had recommended to the department to purchase these engines to Sri Lanka.

 


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