Agreement for supply and installation of Signaling & Telecommunication system for Northern railway network
An agreement for supply and installation of Signalling & Telecommunication system for railway network in Northern Province of Sri Lanka was signed on Wednesday between Mr. B.A.P. Ariyarathna, General Manager, Sri Lanka Railways and Mr. Mohan Tiwari, Managing Director, IRCON (a Government of India Undertaking) in the presence of Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport, Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner and Mr. Dhammika Perera, Secretary, Ministry of Transport.
The total cost of the project is US $ 86.51 Million. This project is a part of Indian Line of Credit of USD 800 Million, which has been extended by Government of India at concessional terms. The credit line has been extended at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 0.5 % with LIBOR capped at 3%. The repayment period is 20 years with a five year moratorium.
The proposed contract will cover the Anuradhapura – KKS and Medawachchiya – Tallai Mannar sections, covering a route length of 341 KMs and 28 stations.
The signalling work involves provision of centralized control panel, interlocking colour light system with electrically operated points and track detection system.
All the level crossings will be interlocked with new signaling system, which would ensure safety at level crossings. The telecommunication work involves provision of optical fiber communication system throughout the section. In addition, public address system, etc., shall also be provided at major stations.
In his remarks after the signing ceremony, High Commissioner Kantha said that the proposed telecommunication system offered by IRCON is based on proven technology and maintainability. He noted that work is already in progress for track- laying work on the Medawachchiya – Madhu Road, Madhu Road - Tallaimannar and Omanthai – Pallai Sections. He added that IRCON is receiving full support of the Government of Sri Lanka and the projects would be completed as per schedule.
High Commissioner also noted that IRCON has successfully completed Galle - Matara Section of Coastal Railway Line covering 42 kilometers in February, 2011. The work on Kalutara – Galle Section is scheduled to commence from 1st week of September, 2011 and the same will be completed by March, 2012. The southern coastal railway line project is also being funded under Government of India credit line of US $ 167.4 million.
Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport noted the deep bond of friendship between the two countries and expressed his deep appreciation for assistance provided by the Government of India.
- Asian Tribune -