In a Christmas gift to Mumbaikars, the country’s first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train commenced its services on Monday, thus realising the long-awaited dream of lakhs of commuters.
The train, operated by the Western Railway (WR), began its journey at 10.32 am from the Borivali station to Churchgate in South Mumbai.
The commuters, excited at the launch of the AC local which is expected to bring them respite during the scorching summer, captured the historic moments by clicking selfies as the train reached the Churchgate station at 11.16 am.
Earlier, BJP MPs Kirit Somaiya, Gopal Shetty, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and WR General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta flagged off the train.
Gupta said, “This AC local is being run by a prototype coach and we will invite feedback from commuters and incorporate it into our next fleet of coaches.”
Built in Chennai at a cost of Rs 54 crore, the 12-car rake of the AC local arrived on April 4, 2016.
Initially, it was meant to be run on the Central Railway (CR) corridor. However, later it was decided to run it first on the WR corridor. Read More