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"

Wednesday 22 January 2014

Cabinet approves setting up of authority to advise on rail fares

NEW DELHI: In a major reform step for the cash-trapped railways, the Union Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to constitute a Rail Tariff Authority (RTA) which will advise the railway ministry on fares. 

The RTA is crucial for railways as it will recommend fare revision from time to time taking into account input cost and volatile market condition. 

However, the RTA's recommendation will not be mandatory for railways as, according to existing law, only the Railway Board, and not any outside body, can fix the tariff. 

RTA will be given mandatory powers only after the amendment of the Railway Act, 1989, inParliament which is unlikely to happen in the UPA-II regime whose term comes to an end in a few months. 

The next government will initiate the process of making RTA a mandatory body by amending the Railway Act, 1989 to insert a sub-section called Chapter 5 (A). 
(Times of India dt 22-1-2014)

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