Mumbai gets India's first AC local train

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

Initially meant to be run on the Central Railway (CR) corridor, the AC train service was later allotted to run on the WR corridor.

The fully air-conditioned 12 coach train ran its maiden journey at 10:32 am, and was flagged off by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Kirit Somaiya, Gopal Shetty, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and WR General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta at Borivali station. Punctuality of fast train services on WR was affected after a 12.24 pm AC local train halted for additional time at Andheri railway station. It is important that regular commuters understand how the train functions, when the doors stop and why it is important to not peek inside the train when it is at the platform. The WR officials said that on the first day 579 commuters bought 446 tickets and earned ₹62,746. Besides a monthly season ticket, the AC train will also have weekly and fortnightly season tickets.

The train returned to the Mumbai Central vehicle shed by 3.30 pm.

While commuters experience the modern air cooled coaches here is a little information about history of Mumbai's lifeline. There were tobacco stains too. 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. Giving a separate colour to the women's coach, blinds on windows, dustbins in each coach, seat cushions and toilets remain some of the suggestions.

The Indian railway started its operation 14 year earlier - on April 16, 1853 - when the first train ran between Bori Bunder (now, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) to Thane, a distance of 34 km, the first in India.

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