Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Christmas gift: India's first AC local train flagged off in Mumbai

The train will start its maiden journey from Andheri at 2.10pm and reach Churchgate around 2.44pm The train will start its maiden journey from Andheri at 2.10pm and reach Churchgate around 2.44pm
Glenn Montgomery | 26 December, 2017, 10:45

The trains will run on the Borivali-Churchgate section of the Mumbai suburban line under Western Railway.

Similarly, three fast services will run between Churchgate & Borivali stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra & Andheri stations in both directions. The first and twelfth coaches from Churchgate end have been earmarked as ladies coaches, seven seats in the second and eleventh coach from Churchgate have been reserved for senior citizens while ten seats in the fourth and seventh coaches from Churchgate end are reserved for physically disabled passengers. "Then I saw the doors close behind me and realised I was on the new AC train", she recalled. From 1st January 2018, the AC train will run from Churchgate to Virar.

To make passengers aware of the facilities and services, Western Railway officials will be on the trains until 29th December.

According to him, each air-conditioned "local" has a total capacity of 5,964 passengers.

A couple, who has been together for more than 35-years and are residents of Kandivili, read about the inaugural journey of the AC local from Borivali at 10.30 am and they ensured that they made their way to the station together to "witness history".

For the initial weeks, there will only be six services between Churchgate and Borivli stations.

The fare for AC local is comparatively higher than that of the 1st class tickets of a normal local. 5% GST and other charges will be extra. "The AC and the fan was on and I really don't mind riding in this train from Borivali everyday, I will buy a monthly pass for the travel and don't mind shelling out the odd '1,700", he said. "The fare structure would help draw elite commuters travelling in cars towards this. The train was of worldwide class", said Dhirendra Tripathi, a financial advisor based in Mumbai. "We will also bifurcate the ladies coaches from others by introducing a divider", a senior official said.

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