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"

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Raw deal for state continues

State transport minister Aryadan Mohammed’s intuition that the state was not likely to gain anything from the railway budget 2013-14 was right. “Thoroughly disappointing,’’ he said on Tuesday. Other Congress leaders weren’t as daring as Aryadan in acknowledging this. But the fact that the presence of 20 UPA MPs, including eight Union ministers, from Kerala failed to tilt the Bansal balance in the state’s favour was on record. Connectivity to Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai was not addressed though a few weekly express trains have been announced. “No new commitments of doubling the railway lanes were mentioned and there are also no new targets announced to electrify the routes. The Guruvayur-Thirunavaya line also failed to get a mention,” Thrissur Railway Passengers’ Association (TRPA) General Secretary P Krishnakumar told TOI. The state will not see any new development, other than the pending projects, in gauge conversion. The doubling in Alappuzha route will not be completed in near future. Kerala had asked for 50 new trains. But it got only two - Punalur-Kollam and Thrissur-Guruvayur. This apart, the Kozhikode - Shornur passenger will run daily. The Ernakulam -Thrissur MEMU, announced in the last budget, has been extended to Shornur. Two new express trains - Kollam - Vishakapatnam weekly and Lokmanya Tilak - Kochuvelli weekly – were granted. Even though the budget mentions the Palakkad coach factory, Bansal didn’t elaborate on it but for a blanket statement that ``discussions were on with the state government’’. The budget promises to set up a skill development centre at Kollam, but it doesn’t mention anything about the Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram, that was announced a couple of years back. (Times of India dt 27-2-2013)

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