Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Mumbai gets India's first AC local train

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Pete Mitchell | 25 December, 2017, 19:18

The train, operated by the Western Railway (WR), began its journey at 10.32 am from the Borivili station to Churchgate in South Mumbai. However, from the new year, there will be eight fast services between Churchgate and Virar, three fast services between Churchgate and Borivli, and one slow service between Mahalaxmi and Borivli. However, later it was chose to run it first on the WR corridor. According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted yesterday. Thousands of excited commuters crowded the stations along the line and clicked selfies before hopping on the swanky local, the city's lifeline.

8 trains will run as fast locals between Churchgate & Virar, which will halt Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai Road, in both directions.

Senior RPF officials confirmed that an RPF official will be posted inside each coach of the AC local train.

Initially, the AC local will operate only on the Churchgate-Borivali section. For the first week, the authorities will run the train for only six times every day between Churchgate and Borivli stations.

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The service, which was rolled out on a trial basis on Monday, will be fully operational from January 1. But, the Western Railway curtailed the services at Borivli in the first week.

Long queue at ticket counter in Churchgate as several AVTM machines were disfunctional as system getting updated for AC local train ticketing on Monday.

Fares: The fare of a single journey ticket of the AC rake would cost 1.3 times the base fare of a first-class ticket.

Railway activists too expressed happiness at the launch of the AC train. However, unlike the other train, AC local tickets will also be available for weekly and fortnightly durations.

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