First AC local train starts in Mumbai

26 December, 2017, 06:20 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • The AC local trains will replace 12 existing non-air conditioned services- six services in up and six in down direction

"From January 1st, 2018, on regular basis except for Saturdays and Sundays, 12 services will run from Mondays to Fridays as per regular scheduled timetable", added senior official.

"Three fast services will run between Churchgate and Borivali stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations in both directions, it went on to add".

It is a Christmas gift for Mumbaikers as the city gets the first ever air- conditioned suburban train on Monday.

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After the introduction, the Western Railway will operate a total of 12 services of AC suburban train 6 services each in Up and down directions- on weekdays from Monday to Friday. On average, ten deaths of persons falling from Mumbai's local trains are reported each day.

"It was exciting to take the first train on the inaugural run".

Initially, the suburban rakes had only four coaches, and later upgraded to nine cars in 1958, but as passenger traffic increased, the WR converted all rakes to 12 cars from 1990, and introduced the first 15-car rakes - the longest suburban trains, from November 2009.

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Earlier on Sunday, the Western Railways issued a statement and charted out train's operational routine. The local will run on the Churchgate-Virar route and halt at Vasai, Bhayandar, Borivli, Andheri, Bandra, Dadar and Mumbai Central.

The WR has also announced an introductory fare to lure commuters to the new, "cool" style of commuting, with the fare to be 1.3 times the cost of a first class one-way regular ticket. Railway Protection Force (RPF) constables will be in each coach to ensure security. The services of AC local train will replace existing 12 Non AC services. A Mumbai Urban Transport Plan (MUTP) surcharge and Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 5% is levied separately on the final fare. Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets shall be charged equivalent to 5, 7.5 and 10 single journey of AC EMU respectively.

Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.

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The Ladies and Senior Citizen compartments will be configured differently from other rakes.

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