New Delhi, Dec 25: India’s first air-conditioned local train, running between Churchgate and Borivli was flagged off by Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde and other dignitaries at 10:30 AM on Monday. Initially the AC local will run on an experimental basis for a week in the Churchgate-Borivili 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 besides 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.
The base fare of the single journey of AC local shall be 1.3 times of the base fare of existing fare of single journey first class ticket. There will be weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets available at 5, 7.5 and 10 times of the fare of regular first class ticket rates, besides a five percent GST and other applicable charges.
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)