Mumbai gets India's first fully-AC local train

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Eight out of 12 trains have been categorised as "fast trains" on the congested Churchgate-Virar (Palghar) sector, three between Churchgate-Borivali, both with halts only at major stations, while one will ply as a slow service halting at all stations between Mahalaxmi-Borivali. Initially, it was meant to be run on the central line but it was later made a decision to run it first on the western line.

According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted on Sunday.

The local was brought to Mumbai from the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, on April 4, 2016. Thousands of excited commuters crowded the stations along the line and clicked selfies before hopping on the swanky local, the city's lifeline.

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The Christmas and pre-New Year bonanza saw the first AC local's maiden run for the media, officials, some political party activists and commuters between Borivali and Churchgate on the Western Railway (WR).

Initially, the AC local will operate only on the Churchgate-Borivali section.

As promised weeks back, Mumbai's AC local is finally on track.

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A senior western railway official said that AC local train is formally being introduced on a commercial basis. An inaugural discount of 10 per cent will be available on the AC local fare for the first six months, said Western Railway's divisional railway manager Mukul Jain.

The base fare of the single journey of AC local shall be 1.3 times of the base fare of existing fare of single journey first class ticket. Besides a monthly season ticket, the AC train will also have weekly and fortnightly season tickets. For monthly season pass, it is Rs 60, Rs 90 and Rs 120 for the respective distances.

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