Christmas gift: India's first AC local train flagged off in Mumbai
25 December, 2017, 19:21 | Author: Sergio Cook
The AC local train, operated by the Western Railway, began its journey at 10.32 am from the Borivali station to Churchgate in south Mumbai.
Initially, the Mumbai AC local will run between Borivali and Churchgate and will be extended up to Virar.
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.
Eight out of 12 trains have been categorised as "fast trains" on the congested Churchgate-Virar (Palghar) sector, three between Churchgate-Borivali, both with halts only at major stations, while one will ply as a slow service halting at all stations between Mahalaxmi-Borivali.
Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.
The AC train has been categorized as a "premium train with low frequency" and the fare has been pegged at 1.3 times the prevailing first-class fare.
Senior RPF officials confirmed that an RPF official will be posted inside each coach of the AC local train.
These trains will have first and last compartments reserved for women.
However as an introductory offer for a period of initial six months, the base fare of single journey of AC EMU shall be charged 1.2 times, the statement said.
Long queue at ticket counter in Churchgate as several AVTM machines were disfunctional as system getting updated for AC local train ticketing on Monday.
Railway activists too expressed happiness at the launch of the AC train.
Security: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) will ensure the safety of the commuters with the presence of a suitable number of RPF constables in each coach. Added to it is the facility of announcement from motorman and guard cab to passenger area.
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