Realtime updates pertaining to Mumbai’s first AC local
While the overall feedback about the newly introduced AC local has been positive, commuters have highlighted certain points which warrant the Western Railway’s intervention.
5 major commuter grievances with AC local:
* Platform indicators don’t highlight if the upcoming local is air-conditioned or non-air conditioned.
* No CCTV cameras inside coaches.
* Fibre seats are less comfortable compared to the traditional cushioned seats available in first-class coaches.
* Automated doors do not carry instructions for opening them during an emergency.
* Coaches lack thrash cans.
Mumbai’s first AC local has become an instant hit with commuters with thousands flocking to ride the train since its launch on Monday.
Statistics (Monday & Tuesday):
* Around 2,000 people have traveled via the AC local since its inaugural run.
* WR sold around 750 tickets in the first two days.
* The sale of passes and tickets has earned WR almost Rs 1.6 lakh.
* At least 11 people have been caught for ticket-less travel and paid Rs 4,145 in fines.
* The AC EMU was built at Integral Coach Factory, Chennai at a cost of Rs 54 crore.
* It was brought to Mumbai from Chennai on April 4, 2016.
* It underwent over 60 trial runs before its first passenger service on December 25.
* The 12-coach rake has a seating capacity of 1,028 with standing space for another 4,936 passengers.
* WR will run 8 and 3 fast services on Churchgate-Virar and Churchgate-Borivali routes respectively, while one slow service will run from Mahalaxmi to Borivali.
* The AC local will only ply on weekdays for now as weekends will be reserved for maintenance.
* WR had unveiled the fare and timetable structure prior to its maiden run.
* The 1st and 12th coaches from Churchgate end are reserved for women.
* The local has automated doors, GPS-based passenger information system and ‘Emergency Talk Back’ units for contacting motorman during emergencies.
After a wait of almost 20 months, Mumbaikars will finally be able to travel via the country’s first air-conditioned local train from today.
The AC local started its maiden journey from Borivali at 10.30 am and reached Churchgate at 11.16 am.
It was flagged off by BJP MPs Kirit Somaiya, Gopal Shetty, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar, and WR General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta.
The 12-coach train will replace existing services and operate only on weekdays from January 1, 2018.
Western Railway today unveiled the timetable for the highly anticipated AC local. The train is scheduled to start plying from December 25.