Christmas gift: India's first AC local train flagged off in Mumbai

25 December, 2017, 19:22 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • Preparations for Mumbai's first AC local complete: WR

The discounted price is 1.2 times of the first class in normal local trains running in Mumbai now.

"The train will not operate on Saturdays and Sundays as it requires maintenance", he said, adding that the 12 services of the AC train will replace the existing 12 non-AC services.

Passengers travelling in the first AC local train which began its service from Borivali to Churchgate in Mumbai on Monday.

Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.

The fare for AC local is comparatively higher than that of the 1st class tickets of a normal local. Many people came for a ride in the country's first AC local train and commuters, especially women, were a happy lot.

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

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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. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220.

The monthly pass will cost between Rs 570 and Rs 820 (till Bandra) to Rs 1,240 (till Andheri) to Rs 1,640 (till Borivali), and Rs 2,040 till Virar.

Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, the fully air-conditioned air-suspension coaches have a capacity of carrying almost 6,000 commuters per rake, 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, speeds of upto 100 kmph, air-tight vestibules inter-connecting all 12 coaches, other modern amenities and latest safety features for commuters.

Weekly, fortnightly and monthly season tickets shall be charged equivalent to five, 7.5 and 10 single journeys of AC local respectively, the statement added.

Security: The Railway Protection Force (RPF) will ensure the safety of the commuters with the presence of a suitable number of RPF constables in each coach. The facility of "Emergency Talk Back" unit in passenger areas (four in each coach) to communicate with motorman/guard during any emergency, has also been provided. Currently, the service will run only until Borivali, but going ahead it will be extended until Virar.



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