Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Don't sweat it: Mumbai locals now get air-conditioned coaches

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Beatrice Douglas | 25 December, 2017, 19:20

Mumbai: India's first air-conditioned local train, stretching between Mumbai's Churchgate and Virar station, was launched on Monday.

"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". Western Railway (WR) will replace 12 existing non-AC services to AC locals. "This AC local is being run through a prototype coach and we will invite feedback from commuters and incorporate it in our next fleet of coaches", said Gupta.

It added that no other type of season tickets shall be issued for the time being and that AC local ticket-holders would be allowed to travel in the first class compartments of non-AC local trains.

These trains will have first and last compartments reserved for women.


The fare for AC local is comparatively higher than that of the 1st class tickets of a normal local. It would later increase to Rs 221, based on fare calculation model.

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. For the initial six months, users will get discounts on weekly, fortnightly and monthly passes.

This comes to an average minimum fare of Rs 60 and maximum of Rs 205 per single journey, and a monthly season ticket fare of between Rs 570 and Rs 2,070 for a commuter. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official.

"From December 25 to 29, total six services will run per day between Churchgate and Borivali as per different timetable". Also, fourth and seventh coaches will have seats reserved for differently-abled passengers.

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