Pay double for AC local travel

by Abel Hampton December 26, 2017, 0:40
Pay double for AC local travel

The trains, however, will not run on weekends for maintenance purposes.

Presently, WR operates a whopping 1,355 suburban services daily transporting around 3.5 million passengers with 89 rakes in the districts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, besides the Central Railway servicing commuters in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and surroundings.

The service of the Western Railway was flagged off by Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde and other dignitaries on Monday.

India's first fully air-conditioned train to ply on a suburban route will run between downtown Mumbai's Churchgate and suburban Virar railway stations from Christmas Day, according to the Western Railway.

The pre-New Year bonanza will see the first AC local leaving Andheri on Western Railway at 2.10 p.m. and reaching Churchgate at 2.44 pm.

The AC trains will replace 12 existing non-air conditioned services - six services in up and six in down direction.

Monthly pass from Virar to Churchgate to cost commuters '2,205.

Three fast services will run between Churchgate and Borivali stopping at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri stations in both directions, it went on to add.

The last technical trial run was conducted on Sunday in the presence of the senior officers. "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.

Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, the full AC 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 the latest safety features for commuters.

The fare for AC local is comparatively higher than that of the 1st class tickets of a normal local.

Remaining one service will run as a slow service from Mahalaxmi to Borivali, and will halt at all stations. Besides a monthly season ticket, the AC train will also have weekly and fortnightly season tickets. "I feel once people decide to travel by AC trains regularly, the crowd inside the general coaches would be decent".

With input from agencies.

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