Mumbai gets country's first AC suburban train

Mumbai gets country's first AC suburban train

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 25: India's first air-conditioned (AC) local train, stretching between Mumbai's Churchgate and Virar station, was flagged off today from Borivali station.

Initially, the Mumbai AC local will run between Borivali and Churchgate and will be extended up to Virar. The full-fledged operation of the train will begin from January 1, 2018 with 12 daily services. 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. Thousands of excited commuters crowded the stations along the line and clicked selfies before hopping on the swanky local, the city's lifeline.

The AC train has been categorized as a "premium train with low frequency" and the fare has been pegged at 1.3 times the prevailing first-class fare.

Sharing more information, Western Railway tweeted the details of the local. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220. The present MUTP surcharge for card ticket holder is Rs 6 for a journey between 11-150 kilometres.

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The Churchgate-Borivali weekly, fortnightly, and monthly passes will cost Rs. 855, Rs. 1,245, and Rs. 1,640 respectively.

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. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official.

Safety measures: Each coach is provided with a passenger alarm indication lights on both sides, which are integrated with alarm chain pulling system. Also, fourth and seventh coaches will have seats reserved for differently-abled passengers.

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