Mumbai, Dec 25: After the first day of their debut, India’s first air-conditioned local trains plying between Churchgate and Borivali earned a total revenue of Rs 62746. The railway official added they caught a passenger during the journey who was travelling without a ticket. The passenger was let off after paying a fine of Rs 435. The total revenue from the operations is expected to rise as the railway officials could only furnish the data received till 5 pm in the evening.
Initially the AC local will run on an experimental basis for a week in the Churchgate-Borivali section. It will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services.
Manufactured by Chennai’s Integral Coach Factory, the fully air-conditioned air-suspension coaches have a capacity of carrying nearly 6,000 commuters. The local train has automatic door opening-closing system, LED lights, Emergency Talk Back System between commuters and guard beside a public address system, advanced GPS-based passenger information systems, air-tight vestibules inter-connecting all 12 coaches and other modern amenities including the latest safety features for commuters.
Earlier on Sunday, the Western Railways issued a statement and charted out train’s operational routine. “Out of 12 services of the AC local train, eight will run as fast local trains between Churchgate and Virar, stopping only at major stations like Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander & Vasai Road in both directions,” the WR statement said.
“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. One slow service of the AC local will operate between Mahalaxmi to Borivali,” the statement added.
(With inputs from agencies)