Jul 16, 2017

Ircon’s substandard bridge suspend train operations Featured

Train operations on the Medawachchiya-Talaimannar track have become problematic due to a recently erected bridge by India’s Ircon company, reports say.

The Railway Department says services will be suspended for one week from tomorrow (17) to replace the bridge between Medawachchiya and Cheddikulam (254.54 km).

Noting that agreements have been reached and millions of rupees spent to build the track for trains to gains speeds of up to 120 kmph, Railway trade unions say replacing bridges within a space of two years in this manner will pose grave problems.

Trains do around four trips a day on this track, but do not use the heavy-weight M9 or M10 engines, they point out.

Railway superintendent Wijaya Samarasinghe said Ircon had admitted the substandard construction, would rebuilt it and also pay the daily running losses to the Department.

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