Mumbai gets India's first AC local train

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Mumbai: Mumbai got its Christmas gift with India's first fully AC local train by Indian Railways.

Mumbai: The country's first AC local train commenced its services in Mumbai on Monday, with a maiden run from Borivali to Churchgate.

The AC trains will replace 12 existing non-air conditioned services - six services in up and six in down direction.

Gupta said, "This AC local is being run through a prototype coach and we will invite feedback from commuters and incorporate it in our next fleet of coaches". These coaches will also have an automatic door opening-closing system.

The total capacity of the rake is 5,964 with 1,028 seating capacity and 4,936 standing
The total capacity of the rake is 5,964 with 1,028 seating capacity and 4,936 standing

Commuters, excited at the launch of the AC local which is expected to bring them respite during the scorching summer, captured the historic moments by clicking selfies as the train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.

These trains will have first and last compartments reserved for women. An inaugural discount of 10 per cent will be available on the AC local fare for the first six months, said Western Railway's divisional railway manager Mukul Jain.

Unlike regular local trains, the AC service will have a special weekly and fortnightly season ticket.

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. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official. Added to it is the facility of announcement from motorman and guard cab to passenger area.

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