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

The train is likely to run on Christmas day or by New Years

The train is likely to run on Christmas day or by New Years

The train was flagged-off from Andheri at 2.10 p.m. and reached its destination at 2.44 p.m. Initially meant to be run on the Central Railway (CR) corridor, the AC train service was later allotted to run on the WR corridor.

Out of 12 services of AC Local train 8 will run fast and will only halt at major stations. The 12-coach AC Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, was brought to Mumbai in April 2016.

For the initial weeks, there will only be six services between Churchgate and Borivli stations. Three coaches are reserved for women, two for disabled persons, two for luggage. While 1st and 12th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked as Ladies coache and 7 seats in 2nd and 11th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Senior citizens, 10 seats in 4th and 7th coach from Churchgate end are earmarked for Divyangs.

Also, this train will operate only on weekdays starting from Monday to Thursday. Suitable announcements will also be ensured for opening of the door as per the platform position of upcoming station.

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According to him, each air-conditioned "local" has a total capacity of 5,964 passengers.

The long-awaited AC train in Mumbai will finally start for passengers on the Christmas day. "The AC and the fan was on and I really don't mind riding in this train from Borivali everyday, I will buy a monthly pass for the travel and don't mind shelling out the odd '1,700", he said.

She broke into a sweat on realising that she could be fined for travelling without the right ticket, but luckily, she got away with it. "No other type of season tickets shall be issued for the time being", the WR spokesperson said. A Mumbai Urban Transport Plan (MUTP) surcharge and Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 5% is levied separately on the final fare.

Commuters like Himanshu Bakshi said that it took the railways more time then they promised, but all was forgiven once he took the ride in the train and was blown away by the ride.

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