Mumbai, October 26: In a New Year’s gift from the Indian Railways, Mumbaikars will get air-conditioned local trains. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the first AC rake will be introduced on Western Railway on January 1, 2018.

The Western Railway will initially run one AC rake with seven services daily. A single ticket is likely to be equivalent to the price of a first class ticket but season passes are expected to be costlier, the Times of India reported.

The railways has procured nine more EMU (electrical multiple unit) AC rakes for Mumbai.

The first AC train was scheduled to run in October but operational issues had led to the delay. The Railways have been planning to introduce AC locals in Mumbai for a decade.

The AC rake was manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. It will have electrically operated automatic sliding doors with the motorman in control. The train will have a halt of 20-30 seconds at station.