Mumbai’s very first air-conditioned local train has made its way from Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. Currently housed at the Kurla car shed, the train is set to start trial runs soon while fare structure, route of operation and timetables have yet to be decided.
To run on the Central Railway’s Harbour Line, Mumbai first AC local train possesses a host of features for travelers comfort and convenience. It is fitted with both GPS and micro-processor based software system. It is a 12 car train, each with capacity for 108 to 112 passengers.
The total train has seating capacity for 1,208 persons and standing capacity for 4,936 travelers. Two 15 ton air conditioning units are fitted in each coach while doors open and close automatically. Emergency door opening facilities have been provided while passengers will be able to communicate with motormen or guards in the event of any urgent situation.
Built at a cost of INR 54 crores with semi-indigenous technology, the new Mumbai AC local train has no first or general class and is vestibule connected in two parts of 6 coaches each. Top speed stands at 110 kmph while life expectancy is estimated at 35 years. Electrical fittings have been provided by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.
Where fares are concerned, the Central Railway plans it on the same lines as the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation at between INR 60 to INR 70 while there are no plans to provide any concession for season tickets.
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Posted by The Times of India on Tuesday, April 5, 2016