Mumbai, April 5: The first ever Mumbai AC local train, which was flagged from Chennai on 31 March, has finally arrived in the metropolis. The trial run for first ever fully air-conditioned train would take place within a week. According to report, the fully air condition train will be run on a minimum fare between Rs 60 to Rs 70.
According to report, the 12-car train will have a carrying capacity of 5,964 people, including 1,028 in seating position, people at a time. Last week Central Railway General Manager Sunil Kumar Sood had reportedly said to Mumbai Mirror that they plan to follow the fare model like Delhi Metro for the AC local.
Sood reportedly said that if their proposal is accepted that the Mumbaikars will be able to enjoy the AC local train service from CST to Panvel by just paying Rs 60 to Rs 70. However it is not decided, as the basic fare for AC bound local train is yet to be finalised. Read Also: (AC local arrives in Mumbai, commercial ops to take time)
Some railway expert suggest that one cannot compare Delhi Metro fare model with Mumbai’s AC locals, as actual fare may not not be as attractive. On Tuesday morning the AC local arrived at Mumbai and is parked at the Kurla car shed, where first round of inspection is been done by ground staff.
The first-ever AC local is likely to kickstart after 3-4 weeks after trial run is completed. However authorities have not given any specific date when commuters will be allowed to enjoy the air condition ride in train.
“We can’t say when trial run would get over. And anything about the lines of commercial operations can be said only after we successfully complete trial run,” Sood was quoted by PTI.
The speed of the silver-blue coloured AC local train will be limited to around 50-60 kmph during the first few trials. The train is built at a cost of Rs 54 crore which has no general or first class compartments, but two of the 12 coaches could be reserved for female commuters.
The operation of AC local on Mumbai suburban service was announce during 2012-13 Railway Budget, but initial huddles delayed the project for almost 2 years.
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