Thrissur Railway Passengers' Association, TRPA is the confluence of all the stake holders who are interested in the development of Railway facilities in and around Thrissur. Naturally, all the people who avail Railway facilities from Thrissur and other neighbouring stations are automatically the members of this association. Due to the historic reasons, commuters from Thrissur towards Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Palakkad sides form the active group. TRPA always stands for meeting the public demands and this process is well supported by Railway Men, Political Leaders and the Media in Thrissur. The tireless efforts by TRPA in achieving the long standing basic requirements of Thrissur are well recognised and appreciated by one and all. TRPA is committed to continue its service to the society at large, cutting across all divisions. "Our prime focus is on the sustainable improvement of rail service in the country to world class levels with special emphasis on Thrissur"

Thursday 15 November 2012

Ekm-Thrissur Memu service yet to take off

KOCHI: The mainline electrical multiple units (Memu) service on Ernakulam-Thrissur route, announced following much demand, is yet to take off. Railways attributes the delay to shortage of rakes required for operating the eight-car (coaches) Memu service. The service, originally scheduled to run by September last year, is expected to benefit around 5,000 daily commuters on the route. "Though the service was included in the railway timetable published in July, the service is yet to commence. The service should also be extended to Palakkad. There are over 3,000 season ticket holders travelling daily from Thrissur alone," Thrissur Rail Passengers Association general secretary P Krishnakumar said. All-Kerala Railway Users' Association president Paul Manvettom said, "The railways had stated that the service would be launched during Onam last year but nothing has happened so far." Sources said two rakes meant for Ernakulam-Thrissur and Kollam-Nagercoil Memu had arrived at the Southern Railway headquarters in Chennai. However, a senior railways official here said there was no need for any infrastructure upgrades for operating Memu services. "The infrastructure required for operating Memu services is electrified lines and we already have it. We have not received any information about rakes from the headquarters. We can launch the service once the rake arrives," he said. Railway sources said the division's rake maintenance facility in Kollam is awaiting commissioning. "The maintenance of the rake of Ernakulam-Kollam Memu service is now being done at our Palakkad facility. Once our Kollam facility is ready, we don't have any other issues in operating Memu services," the official said. (Times of India dt 16.11.2012)

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