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"

Monday 23 June 2014

Railways take steps to get train services back on track

Railways have initiated steps to prevent late running of short-distance trains and the situation will improve once the new timetable takes effect from July 1, Thiruvananthapuram Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Bajpai has said.
He was reacting to the disquiet among passengers about many inter-district trains running late and the inadequate number of coaches in them. Mr. Bajpai said many trains were getting delayed after additional stops were sanctioned for them. “This affected schedules of other trains as well, at crossings. Track maintenance and related issues too affected train services,” he said.
On the oft-repeated complaint that most short-distance trains have hardly 14 coaches instead of the 22 coaches that an average engine can support, he said there was acute shortage of coaches. “We periodically verify ticket sales and number of season ticket holders in each train to assess the extent of overcrowding in trains. Amenities at maintenance yards too must increase in keeping with any possible augmenting of number of coaches,” he said.
The clamour for prompt running of short-distance trains through Ernakulam and augmenting coaches got louder during the past week, as irked commuters staged protest marches against Railway’s ‘apathy’ on the two issues.
Thrissur Railway Passengers’ Association (TRPA) and Coastal Railway Passengers’ Council – a conclave of commuters from Alappuzha, too have joined the issue following a recent mass protest march to Ernakulam Junction railway station by All Kerala Railway Users’ Association.
The TRPA has for long been demanding introduction of faster and more short-distance trains with sufficient number of coaches in the Ernakulam-Coimbatore sector. “This stretch can easily be developed as a suburban corridor, since track-doubling and electrification were done over a decade ago,” said P. Krishnakumar, general secretary of the association.
He termed as non-condonable the delay in doubling Ernakulam–Kayamkulam track, through Kottayam and Alappuzha and State government’s unwillingness to pool in with half the cost of works. He demanded introduction of Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) trains at frequent intervals through doubled tracks.
(The Hindu, Kochi dt 23-6-2014)

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