Mumbai gets India's first ever air- conditioned local train

Smiles and selfies Mumbaikars welcome new air-conditioned trains – but wish the fares were lower

"It was a matter of pride for me", said an elated Shailesh Gedam, the motorman who commandered the train from Borivli to Churchgate.

Out of 12 services of AC Local train 8 will run fast and will only halt at major stations. Initially, it was meant to be run on the central line but it was later made a decision to run it first on the western line.

The local was brought to Mumbai from the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, on April 4, 2016.

According to Ravinder Bhakar, PRO, Western Railway, 12 AC local services will replace 12 non-AC services so the total number of locals on WR will remain the same, which as per record would be around 1355 services.

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

Mumbai: The country's first AC local train commenced its services in Mumbai on Monday, with a maiden run from Borivali to Churchgate. "One slow service of the AC local will operate between Mahalaxmi to Borivali", the statement added.

The ladies compartment of the AC train. Credit Sruthi Ganapathy Raman
The ladies compartment of the AC train. Credit Sruthi Ganapathy Raman

The fare for AC local is comparatively higher than that of the 1st class tickets of a normal local.

Fares: The fare of a single journey ticket of the AC rake would cost 1.3 times the base fare of a first-class ticket.

BJP MPs Kirit Somaiya, Gopal Shetty, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and WR general manager Anil Kumar Gupta flagged off the AC local train.

Railway activists too expressed happiness at the launch of the AC train.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets would be charged the equivalent of 5, 7.5 and 10 single journeys of the AC local. For monthly season pass, it is Rs 60, Rs 90 and Rs 120 for the respective distances.

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