Mumbai's first AC local train makes maiden journey

The trial of AC coaches of the local train was conducted in Mumbai today

This Christmas, Mumbaikars got a gift from the Railways in the form of AC locals.

The Western Railway will flag off India's first air-conditioned local train on Monday.

Senior RPF officials confirmed that an RPF official will be posted inside each coach of the AC local train.

The 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. "We are expecting some new surprises in the coming year". 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. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations.

The local train with AC coaches will replace existing 12 non-AC coaches
The local train with AC coaches will replace existing 12 non-AC coaches

Three fast services will run between Churchgate and Borivali stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations in both directions, it went on to add. 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.

Long queue at ticket counter in Churchgate as several AVTM machines were disfunctional as system getting updated for AC local train ticketing on Monday. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220.

The Churchgate-Borivali weekly, fortnightly, and monthly passes will cost Rs. 855, Rs. 1,245, and Rs. 1,640 respectively.

In its maiden journey, the AC coaches will ferry passengers from Churchgate to Borivali for the first week, and from Churchgate to Virar from the next. Also, fourth and seventh coaches will have seats reserved for differently-abled passengers.

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