Piyush 'Santa' Goyal gifts Mumbaikars their first AC local this Christmas

Casey Dawson
December 26, 2017

RPF officials will be posted in the train as well as railway stations on the western line.

In a Christmas gift to Mumbaikars, the country's first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train commenced its services, thus realising the long-awaited dream of lakhs of commuters. The inaugural AC rake will chug out of Andheri station at 2.10 pm for Churchgate.

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. "The RPF personnel will be posted for crowd management and security goal in the train".

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Railway officials feel that a section of commuters who drive to town will opt for the air-conditioned train. Railway officials conducted a technical run of the train on Sunday, which was successful. However, unlike the other train, AC local tickets will also be available for weekly and fortnightly durations. "I feel once people decide to travel by AC trains regularly, the crowd inside the general coaches would be decent".

Excited commuters captured the historic moments by clicking selfies the moment train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am. It will start full-fledged operations from January 1, 2018, with 12 daily services. He added that tickets will accordingly be issued for all services from December 25 onwards.

Mumbai: Mumbai's lifeline - local train - has become cooler with all its coaches getting air cooled. This service is a lot more comfortable than App-based cab services. "The difference between 1.3 times and 1.2 times will be shown in the ticket as discount during the introductory period", the WR spokesperson said. The maximum cost of a monthly AC train pass will be Rs 2,205 from Virar to Churchgate. The remaining one service will run as slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, which will stop at all intermediate stations.

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