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 23 June 2015

Thumbs up for revival of rly goods station

Ernakulam railway goods (ERG) station will bring considerable amount of earnings to the railways once it starts functioning, revealed a study by Thiruvananthapuram railway authorities.The report will be submitted to Railway Board this week and if the Board finds the report convincing, they will approve the revival project of the ERG.
Goods' services to the station were stopped in 2001 while passenger service was stopped in early 1960s after the station lost importance to Ernakulam Junction.
“Tonnes of goods like tiles, ve hicles, cloth, stationery, provisions, hardware, etc., are brought to Er nakulam by road which is expensive and through inland water route which is slow-moving. A consignment can be brought to Ernakulam from Gujarat in four days by train, but it will take at least 10 days if it's brought via inland wa ters. The ERG is situated close to many business activity places like the Ernakulam market that has over 2,500 shops, over 25 parcel transporting logistics companies, international container transhipment terminal at Vallarpadam, many vehicle dealers, etc. Parcel service from ERG will be profitable for railways,“ said a railway source.
Railways are already transporting spices, rice and rubber to other parts of the country from Aluva.
“About 5,000 tonnes of goods are carried out of Aluva every month. Trains do not halt here, which affects timely dispatch of these goods. It is calculated that another 5,000 tonnes of goods are transported by road and water from Ernakulam district to other areas. Even if ERG offers one parcel service in a week with a train that has eight or 10 parcel vans, we can make Rs 20 lakh profit minimum. If we can tap 10% of the entire transportation business of goods in Ernakulam, railways can easily make Rs 4-5 crore profit a month,“ the officer said.
(Times of India dt 24-6-2015)

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