Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Don't sweat it: Mumbai locals now get air-conditioned coaches

Commuters make themselves comfortable before the AC local train leaves Borivli station Commuters make themselves comfortable before the AC local train leaves Borivli station
Nina Mathis | 25 December, 2017, 19:19

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 25: India's first air-conditioned (AC) local train, stretching between Mumbai's Churchgate and Virar station, was flagged off today from Borivali station.

Charting out the train's operational routine, a WR statement said that out of 12 services of the AC local train, eight will run as fast local trains between Churchgate and Virar, stopping only at major stations like Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander & Vasai Road in both directions.

A senior western railway official said that AC local train is formally being introduced on a commercial basis.

Remaining one service will run as a slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, and will halt at all stations.

Briefing about the fare, the statement said that the base fare of the single journey of AC local shall be 1.3 times of the base fare of existing fare of single journey first class ticket. These coaches will also have an automatic door opening-closing system. However, later it was made a decision to run it first on the WR corridor.

Travel Ticket Examiners click a selfie inside the AC local train
Travel Ticket Examiners click a selfie inside the AC local train

As promised weeks back, Mumbai's AC local is finally on track.

Railway activists too expressed happiness at the launch of the AC train. For the initial six months, users will get discounts on weekly, fortnightly and monthly passes.

The first service of the 12-coach EMU commenced between Borivali and Churchgate.

This comes to an average minimum fare of Rs 60 and maximum of Rs 205 per single journey, and a monthly season ticket fare of between Rs 570 and Rs 2,070 for a commuter.

In case of emergencies, emergency ladders with signage inside the coach are given to facilitate evacuation of passengers. Added to it is the facility of announcement from motorman and guard cab to passenger area.




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