Mumbaikars enjoy first AC local train ride on Christmas
25 December, 2017, 19:20 | Author: Elena Summers
Mumbai:Mumbai got its Christmas gift with India's first fully AC local train by Indian Railways. A senior official said it is the city's first air-conditioned local train, a first for the entire country-which will start running from Monday.
To make passengers aware of the facilities and services, Western Railway officials will be on the trains until 29th December. The only slow AC service will be from Mahalaxmi to Borivli after which it will run from Borivli to Churchgate.
Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.
The WR has also announced an introductory fare to lure commuters to the new, "cool" style of commuting, with the fare to be 1.2 times the cost of a first-class one-way regular ticket, and later the fare will be 1.3 times. However, later it was made a decision to run it first on the WR corridor.
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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.
The first service of the 12-coach EMU commenced between Borivali and Churchgate.
Long queue at ticket counter in Churchgate as several AVTM machines were disfunctional as system getting updated for AC local train ticketing on Monday. For monthly season pass, it is Rs 60, Rs 90 and Rs 120 for the respective distances.
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 train between Churchgate and Virar will halt at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivli, Bhayander and Vasai Road, and the train between Churchgate and Borivli will halt at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri.
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